The Yearling

What metaphors are used in The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings?

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One major metaphor in The Yearling is that of the deer, itself. It is like Jody's childhood, and his eventual maturing into a young man. They parallell each other. In the end, when he ends up killing Flag it is a leaving behind of the innocence of childhood. His return home shows that he has accepted that he is no longer a child.