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Metaphors and similes create tension and excitement by producing new connections and in doing so reveal a truth about the world we had not previously recognized This quote taken from Gabriele Rico holds true for Willa Cathers writing Cathers metaphors and similes as well as the her symbolism help readers make personal connections to the characters and settings in her short stories Willa Cather using detailed descriptions and figurative language develops complex thought provoking characters and settings while also including a significant amount of symbolism in her short stories A major part of Cathers writing revolves around detailed descriptions and figurative language which she uses to develop complex thought provoking characters In each of Cathers stories one is sure to find several metaphors similes and descriptive sentences that assist in forming a mental picture of the characters in the readers mind In Cathers short story The Willing Muse she presents the reader several of these metaphors and similes to describe the main character Kenneth Gray Coercion and encouragement spent themselves on him like summer rain TWM pg 114 Cather shows the reader how easily Kenneth attracts attention by comparing it to summer rain falling on him Cather also uses greatly detailed descriptions to help the reader know exactly who he or she is reading about He had grown older I noticed but it was good to see him again-his limp straight hair which alays hung down in a triangle over his high forehead his lean cheek loose under lip and long whimsical chin his faded serious eyes which were always peering inquiringly from behind his thick glasses from his long tremulous fingers which handled a pen as uncertainly as ever There was a general looseness of articulation about his gaunt frame that made his every movement seem more or less haphazard TWM pg 119 From this description the reader gets a very clear picture of this characters from two different
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