What were some of the metaphors and symbols used in "Rip Van Winkle"?  

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Let us remember that a metaphor is a form of comparison, an example of figurative language, that does not use the word "like" or "as." If we have a careful look at the story, one of the first metaphors that I can spot is used to describe the marriage of Rip Van Winkle and how having a "termagant wife" can impact a husband:

Their tempers, doubtless, are rendered pliant and malleable in the fiery furnace of domestic tribulation; and a curtain lecture is worth all the sermons in the world for teaching the virtues of patience and long-suffering.

Note how the marriage is compared to a "fiery furnace of...

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