Sinclair shifts to the authorial voice saying, "Our friends were not poetical, and the sight suggested to them no metaphors of human destiny; they thought only of the wonderful efficiency of it all." The narrator then describes in painstaking detail the process of the killing of the pigs and the beef.
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Answered by judy t #197809
Metaphors are designed to help readers see things from a different perspective; the comparison to something unusual and different (which is the definition of a metaphor) helps the reader gain new insights into whatever the subject is.