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Unformatted text preview:stabbed by several knives. Moreover, Paton's periodical use of similes may initially have seemed to resemble just simple comparisons. However, they are the tiny parts of what truly makes this story a whole. Each simile employed by Paton insinuates emotion into the reader and is the substance that rightly maintains the audience's interest in the storyline. From moments of sadness and confusion to moments of joy and happiness, those reading could surely feel the very same emotions. All in all, every single comparison and connection (AKA simile) made between subjects heavily influenced Paton's novel. Who knew that such a simple, commonly used literary device could be the carrier and success of an author? Allan Paton surely did.