What are three examples of figurative language in “The Monkey's Paw”?

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The narrator sets the scene in the story's exposition with a description of the weather and what the wind and rain have created outside the cozy cottage of the White family: "Path's a bog, and the road's a torrent." This figurative language metaphorically describes the outdoor scene as an extreme flood.

Just after Mr. White makes his first wish, for two hundred pounds, he recoils and tells his wife and son that the monkey's paw "twisted in my hand like a snake." This is a simile that compares the talisman to a serpent, a traditional portent of evil.

When the man from Maw and Meggins comes to the cottage to deliver the two hundred pounds' compensation for the death of their son, Mr. White "put[s] out his hands like a sightless man" and collapses. The simile is used to emphasize the extreme emotions of sorrow for the loss of his son and, likely, guilt for the way that the two hundred pounds he wished for has been delivered.

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There are lots of examples of figurative language in "The Monkey's Paw." Firstly, there is an example of alliteration early on in the story just before the Sergeant-Major arrives at the house. Specifically, this is shown in the repetition of the "g" sound in the phrase "guilty grin."

Secondly, Mr. Herbert uses a simile to describe the way that the monkey's paw moves when he makes his first wish. He says, for example, that the paw moves "like a snake." This is not only an effective way of describing the movement, it is also suggestive of temptation and sin, just like the snake in the Garden of Eden.

Finally, there is an example of onomatopoeia at the end of the story. The narrator says, for instance, that the "stair creaked." This sound of a creaking stair is also an example of auditory imagery.

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