• anonymous
The following are quotes from Thoreau's writing. They are examples of figurative language and are labeled as such. Explain WHY these quotes are examples of the different figures of speech and what is the image they are establishing, or the comparison the author is making. Paragraph #2: The quotation is an example of a metaphor. Explain why. "I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits."
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  • anonymous
The metaphor is of a coat of which the seams will stretch if someone who doesn't fit it puts it on. It's using the image of a coat to refer to something else, maybe a job or situation. For example, the coat could represent the presidency, a bad president could "stretch the seams" by messing up badly and make the job impossible for the next person, whereas if he/she hadn't touched it it could "do good service" to a good president.

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