The Book Thief

what is being compared in the following passages that described Michael Hotzapfel's wound?

part nine metaphor

a bandaged hand out fell of his coat sleeve and cherries of blood were seeping through the wrapping... the cherries blood had grown into plums

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This is a reflection of the hell that is the battle of Stalingrad seen through Michael Holtzapfel. The wound, the stuff inside of him, had grown hence the metaphor.