In the following quotes from early on in the novel, figurative language exalts the prairie and expresses happiness as a merger into nature. In the first quote, from early in the novel, Jim personifies the landscape and, by describing it using sea images, makes it feel alive and in motion like the waves. Wine stains, in conjunction with the sea, also bring to mind the great journeying of the Odyssey:
As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of winestains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running . . .
Below, we see the likening of the self to pumpkins, which are both inanimate, organic plants and vegetables whose very roundness and bright orange color communicate joy. They are an image of happiness:
I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to...
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