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Analyze the figurative language in chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

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Chapter thirteen of Love Medicine is filled with metaphors and other forms of figurative language. The central metaphor in this chapter is that of a smokescreen. Other metaphors include second childhood, gift, love medicine and the idea of a "gift." There are also several forms of figurative language including simile, personification, hyperbole, apostrophe and a metaphor for the title of this novel.

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There are several kinds of figurative language in chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, and the most obvious example in this chapter is metaphor.

One of the pervasive metaphors in this chapter is a smokescreen. This is the metaphor for the things both Grandpa Nector Kashpaw and Lipsha Morrissey use to hide behind when they need or want time and space to think. Nector sings songs out loud in the middle of mass and tells the same stories repeatedly, among other things, which make people believe he has gone crazy. These are part of the smokescreen he has put up between himself and the world, giving himself time to think. Lipsha says he understands because he puts up his own smokescreens, at times.

A related metaphor is "second childhood," which is another excuse for Nector's foolish behavior. It seems to be connected to his diabetes, but calling it his second childhood makes it a metaphor. 

He would stand in the woods and cry at the top of his shirt. It scared me, you scared everyone.... Grandpa has done things that just distract people to the point they want to throw him in the cookie jar where they keep the mentally insane. 

A second major metaphor in the chapter is Lipsha's "gift." That is a metaphor for the special inherited ability he has to understand and heal people. He touches people and "they feel much better." A related metaphor is the term for which this book and this title are named is "love medicine." Love medicine is using power-containing objects, tokens, or talismen to induce love in people. It is not real, as evidenced, by the events which happen in this chapter; however, the thought of it seems to have a positive effect, as it does on Grandma Kashpaw. 

The entire book is quite poetic and contains many other forms of figurative language, as well.

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Please help me analyze plot in chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

Chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is told from the point of view of Lipsha Morrissey; he was adopted by the Kashpaws, whom he calls grandma and grandpa and whom he loves.

We learn that Lipsha has a special ability. He says,  

...I got the touch. It's a secret you got to be born with. I got secrets in my hands that nobody ever knew to ask.

This gift is apparently part of his family heritage. This gift inexplicably works on everyone but his grandfather, Nector Kashpaw, as much because Lipsha is hesitant to try it on him as anything else. 

Nector is suffering from diabetes and sneaks over to Lulu Nanapush Lamartine's apartment (who is now living in the same nursing home Nector and Marie Lazarre Kashpaw live in) for sweets--and a little more. They are having an affair.

Lipsha is not yet twenty years old when his grandmother asks him to use his gift on Nector, incorporating a tradition known as "love medicine." This is an ancient art which utilizes talismen and tokens to effect a healing change. Lipsha agrees (mostly out of guilt) but says this gift cannot be used without caution and planning. He and Marie devise a plan which he thinks will work.

Both Nector and Marie must eat a goose heart; Lipsha chooses a goose because geese mate for life and, more than anything, Marie wants Nector to be faithful to her. Marie knows this might not work, but she casually assumes that, even if it does not work, no harm can come of it.

Lipsha tries to shoot a pair of geese but is unable to do so; instead he buys frozen turkey hearts from the store. Though he tries to believe they will be the an equal substitute, he knows they will not be. He tries to get the turkey hearts blessed, but no one will do it. 

Marie eagerly eats what she thinks is a raw female goose heart, but Nector refuses the male heart. In fact, he mocks his wife by putting the goose heart in his mouth but refusing to swallow it. 

Marie is outraged and thumps her husband on the shoulder blades, hoping this will make him swallow it. Instead, Nector chokes to death on the goose heart. Lipsha tries to use the healing in his hands to revive his grandfather, but he is unsuccessful. From then on, Lipsha's gift is gone.

Marie barely survives the shock. But, after the funeral, she tells Lipsha that Nector has returned from beyond to get her; he comes and sits on her bed. She believes the love medicine was so strong that her husband could not bear to leave this world without her by his side. Lipsha also senses his grandfather's presence and tells Nector he must leave, and it seems to work.

Lipsha finally confesses his trickery to his grandmother. He assures her that Nector must have come back because he truly loved her, since the love medicine was not real. Grandma Kashpaw gives Lipsha some beads which she once received from her adopted daughter June (June is Lipsha's mother). 

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