What are some examples of imagery and/or figurative language found in "The Bet," by Anton Chekov?
First, let's make sure we have the same definitions working between us.
Imagery: words and phrases used that appeal to the readers sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight.
Figurative language: comparing one thing to something else that it usually isn't compared to.
OK...with those definitions in mind, let's take a look, shall we?
- "he struck the table with his fist and shouted at the young man" (kind of a weak image relating to sound, and kind of a nice visual image with the fist)
- "The sounds of the piano could be heard continually day and night from his lodge." (again, kind of a weak sound image)
- "trying to save his life by greedily clutching first at one spar and then at another." (greedily clutching appeals to touch)
- "Cursed bet!" muttered the old man," (again, sound)
- "nothing could be heard outside but the rustling of the chilled trees" (sound)
- "A damp cutting wind was racing about the garden, howling and giving the trees no rest." (sound, visual, and touch)
- "Then he groped his way into a little...
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