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What are two examples of figurative language that Flannery O'Connor uses in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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Figurative language is language that goes behind the literal and factual to add color and interest to a story.

In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," O'Connor uses the figurative device of simile to describe Bailey's wife. A simile is a comparison that uses the words "like" or "as." In the quote below, O'Connor uses two similes to describe the mother, stating that her

face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like rabbit’s ears.

In another example of simile, the grandmother's bag is compared to a hippo's head:

She had her big black valise that looked like the head of a...

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