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READ pgs 361-371, John McPhee’s “The Search for Marvin Gardens.” Also, read the posted piece on metaphors below.

Discuss McPhee’s use of metaphor/symbolism/imagery, sentence fragments, subtitles, structure, and anything else you notice.

A metaphor is a comparison made without using like or as, and with the comparison is implied (implicit). A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase takes on the meaning of another word or phrase to suggest a likeness between the two.


Ray Bradbury’s novel, Dandelion Wine, is a reflection of a young boy’s magical summers. In it, Bradbury uses natural images of a Midwestern summer to convey a sense of childhood innocence and the inevitability of adolescence.

“…the paths…of boys traveling to be men…raced for the blast furnace sands of the lake shore in July…to trees where boys might grow like sour and still-green crabapples…to peach orchard, grape arbor, watermelons lying like tortoise-shell cats slumbered by sun.”


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