What are some metaphors in the essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Nora Zeale Hurston?

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One of the metaphors in this essay by Zora Neale Hurston is "the front porch might seem a daring place for the rest of the town, but it was a gallery seat for me." Hurston compares the front porch of the house where she grew up in Eatonville, Florida, to a seat in a theatre from which she can watch the passing show. She realized that she was colored when she moved to Jacksonville, and, in another metaphor , she says, "In my heart as well as in the mirror, I became a fast brown, warranted not to rub nor run." Becoming brown in her heart is metaphorical, not literal, and her skin color...

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