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Christina Rossettis poem A Birthday and Kate Chopins short story The Story of an Hour present conflicting attitudes toward love In particular the speaker in Rossettis poem is anticipating and overjoyed by the arrival of her new found love whereas the character in Chopins story after the initial shock of her new found freedom was overjoyed by the loss of her love In the poem and short story several literary elements and techniques were used to convey these different attitudes toward love A simile is comparison with one thing described as if it were another using the words like or as In the poem similes are used to portray the joy of the speaker Example of the joy of the speaker are found in the liens My heart is like a singing bird and My heart is like a rainbow shell In the story a simile is used in expressing the initial shock of the character The words describing the characters shock are a sob came up into her throat and shook her as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams Symbolism is the use of an object which represents itself and something beyond itself A tree is a symbol used in both selections to convey there attitude towards love In the poem the line My heart is like an apple tree whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit shows the happiness of the speaker and the fullness of her heart do to her new love In the line She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all quivering with the new spring life The symbol of the tree is used to convey a different attitude towards love It shows the excitement of the character for her rebirth and freedom obtained by the loss of her love A character is a fugue
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