Our Mutual Friend Metaphors and Similes

Our Mutual Friend Metaphors and Similes

The men without names (Metaphor)

Once Twemlow received an invitation to dine with Veneering and other men. “At the man's were a Member, an Engineer, a Payer-off of the National Debt, a Poem on Shakespeare, a Grievance, and a Public Officer…” The author intentionally doesn’t give the names to these people, showing that it’s actually not important; it’s more important for society to know their status, place of work and other characteristics of them as the social subjects.

Dry man (Simile)

The author says about Wegg that: “Whether from too much east wind or no the stall, the stock, and the keeper, were all as dry as the Desert.” Such a comparison helps the author highlight the traits of Wegg and his goods.

Indian child (Simile)

Once when Mr Venus and Mr Wegg were planning some kind of betrayal of Mr Boffin, a man put his head in the window of the room where they were sitting. The author says that Mr Venus looks at him as if he were an Indian baby, who had appeared there to take his master away. Such comparison shows how surprised was Mr Venus with the appearance of that man.

Cherub (Metaphor)

The author often calls R. Wilfer “cherub”. Such metaphor points not only on the character’s appearance (chubby, light-skinned etc) but on his soul – as clear and kind as a cherub’s is.

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