Barn Burning Metaphors A metaphor in this story is the poverty that the family expenses. ““The boy” and, crouching, small for his age, small and wiry like his father, in patched faded jeans even too small for him with straight uncombed brown hair and eyes gray and wild as a storm scud.” “- the battered stove, the broken beds and chairs, the clock inliad3 with the mother of pearl ,which would not run, stopped at some fourteen minutes past 2 o’clock of a dead and forgotten day and time which had been his mother dowry.” These metaphors shows that the family experience poverty because of the broken clock and faded jean that the boy wears. Another metaphor in the story is “fire” “He said, 'He say to tell you wood and hay kin burn.' I said, 'What?' 'That whut he say to tell you,' the nigger said. 'Wood and hay kin burn.' That night my barn burned. I got the stock out but I lost the barn."” “that the element of fire spoke to some deep mainspring of his father's being, as the element of steel or of powder spoke to other men, as the one weapon for the preservation of integrity, else breath were not worth the breathing, and hence to be regarded with respect and used with discretion.” The fire represents power in the story and that to his father fire is his greatest weapon and he uses it to get revenge .The fire also represent the anger with the father and his emotion.