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In the essay Under the Influence Scott Russell Sanders uses metaphors and comparisons to describe his fathers drinking and the connection of his excessive working and compares those two addictions First he talks in detail about his fathers excessive abuse of alcohol emphasizing the transformation of this father every time he had a drink Sanders own daughter felt that he too housed an addiction and eventually gave him a placard labeling him a workaholic One of the metaphors in which Sanders illustrates his fathers compulsive consumption of alcohol in this passage I use the past tense not because he never quit drinking but because he quit living 138 In this example Sanders is emphasizing how the alcoholism that his father faced began to ruin his life and became a necessary means of living He forgot how to live without being intoxicated Life was no longer enjoyable but instead was a turbulent wave that crashed each time he gave in to the booze Sanders use of figurative language to describe his fathers drinking is successful in demonstrating to the reader the terror that can be of his fathers alcoholism Shaking her head out mother stubs out the cigarette he has left smoking in the ash try 138 is illustrate how his father was very irresponsible and pitiful without even realizing it Sanders could tell that his father drank entirely too much even as a small child because of the care that he lacked His poor mother had to pick up after his father more than she had to pick up after him His father did not even realize the extent of his pathetic behaviors even after falling asleep with a burning cigarette in his poisoned hand Loss of control plays a central theme in this essay as well Sanders compares his father to Dr Jekyll becoming Mr Hyde 143 these allusions describe how the alcohol would seem to transform his father He goes on
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