Can you provide examples of simile, personification, conflict and metaphor in chapter 3 of "The Red Badge of Courage"?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'll define each figure of speech for you and give one example of each from the book. Then you can look for other examples.

Similes and metaphors are comparisons of one thing to another. A simile makes the comparison by using the word "like" or "as," while the metaphor is a direct comparison of the two things.

Ex.: The odor of the peaceful pines was in the men's nostrils. The sound of monotonous axe blows rang through the forest, and the insects, nodding upon their perches, crooned like old women.

Ex.: They were going to look at war, the red animal—war, the blood-swollen god.

Personification occurs when the author assigns human characteristics, traits, or sensibilities to an inanimate object.

Ex.: Their shots into thickets and at distant and prominent trees spoke to him of tragedies—hidden, mysterious, solemn.

Conflict is the struggle between forces that drives the plot. Types of conflict include man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. society.

Ex.: Absurd ideas took hold upon him. He thought that he did not relish the landscape. It threatened him.

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