Figurative Language In Proulx's The Shipping News

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In the Shipping News, Proulx uses figurative language to reveal how Quoyle’s differences affect himself. The figurative language in the passage enlightens us to the fast that Quoyle, a very insecure person is unsure of himself and doesn’t fit in. Proulx says Quoyle “stumbled through his twenties and into his thirties learning to separate his feelings from his life, counting on nothing” which unveils a lack of trust in himself and that in many ways is shown through his father as he keeps trying to get Quoyle to succeed. Quoyle’s father is described as pushing Quoyle to be successful, Quoyle’s father as Proulx states, “Again and again the father had broken his clenched grip and thrown him into pools, brooks, lakes, and surf.” Diction and figurative

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