What are some examples of metaphors in The Lovely Bones?

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jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as."  Here are some metaphors from The Lovely Bones.

1) I knew he was going to kill me. I did not realize then that I was an animal already dying."

Susie was not, of course, literally a dog or cat or any other animal.  Rather, she is comparing herself to a dying animal.

2) In the walls of my sex there was horror and blood, in the walls of hers there were windows.

A sexual experience does not actually have walls. Susie is comparing her experience to walls that limit and contain a person.

 3) Mr. Harvey left his house for the final time while my mother was granted her most temporal wish. To find a doorway out of her ruined heart, in merciful adultery.

A heart does not have a doorway.  The author is comparing an emotional release to an exit through a doorway.