The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Metaphors and Similes
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Written by David Miller
The Invisible Girl (Metaphor)
The author designates Trisha in such a way when talking about the moment when she asked her mother and brother for waiting for her in the forest for a moment. But “of course neither of them took any notice.” Thus the author shows their treatment of the girl: they were so busy with their constant issues that Trisha seemed not to exist for them.
The girl is like glue (Metaphor)
Trisha compares herself to glue: “glue holding together two pieces of something that was broken. Weak glue.” She feels so because she always tries to reconcile her mother and brother. However, she realizes that she is too weak to manage it, that her efforts are in vain.
A giggle-well (Metaphor)
The author uses this metaphor when talks about one of the days of Trisha’s wandering: “The old giggle-well, which her mother believed inexhaustible, seemed to have temporarily gone dry.” Here the author shows that Trisha, who was cheerful in her common life, changes in this situation. Her unconcern and nonchalance disappear, and she understands all the seriousness of her situation. She doesn’t have time for “giggles”, because she has to think about surviving, not about fun.
A drowning person (Simile)
When Trisha is sitting on the grass, having had almost nothing to eat and drink, of course the girl is afraid and worn out; she recalls the smell of food in the kitchen, the sound of TV news in the living room, and many other things which were common in her previous life. Here, she is compared with “someone who drowns remembering what it was like to still be on the boat, so calm and at ease, so carelessly safe.” The author uses this method to show the girl’s state more vividly. He shows not only that fact that she has got lost, but also shows what she feels here, how she realizes herself in this situation.
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