Metaphors In The Poison Tree

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Can friendships be born in traumatic times or do some people just not want to die alone? The authors of the short story “The Interlopers” and of the poem “The Poison Tree” each use literary elements in order to introduce new ideas. The short story is about two men whose families have had a feud for many generations. Once terror strikes the men, Ulrich and Georg, must work together in order to protect themselves. “The Poison Tree” is a poem about a man who has trouble expressing his emotions when he is angry, and instead suppresses these feelings and continues to make irrational decisions. In both texts, the author and poet use figurative language in the form or metaphors to develop their ideas. In the short story by author, Saki, there are multiple examples of situational metaphors such as the peace brought between the through the offering of wine, and through the reckless wolves that do not obey, just as the men would not obey. Similarly, there is an example of an extended metaphor in the poem by William Blake. Throughout the poem the speaker makes mention of a growing red apple, and as the poem continues the apples grows larger and larger, just as the authors anger builds up. Blake and Sake use metaphors and irony to convey a theme of positive and negative relationships by introducing the ideas that anger clouds our thoughts, and can lead us to make unreasonable decisions. When enemies feel the same pain they must come together to overcome the greatest obstacles. The author of the short story “The Interlopers” uses different types of metaphor to further develop the offering of wine between the men. After two enemies are trapped together under a large tree during a storm the men put aside some of their differences in order to gain comfort in the traumatic times. As they lay helpless, pinned to the cold, hard ground, Ulrich offers the simplicity of wine to Georg as a sign of peace. When Ulrich asks, “Could you reach this flask if I threw it to you?”(Saki 86). Georg at first, reasonably replies, “...I don’t drink wine with an enemy”(86), but as they analyze their situation more and more they begin to realize that someone might not come for them. The red wine is the color of blood; we all bleed, we are all the
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