A metaphor is a common figure of speech used by writers to compare two unlike th

A metaphor is a common figure of speech used by writers to compare two unlike things without using the words like or as. It has been argued that in the novel The Art of Fielding baseball is presented as a metaphor for life and that the game of baseball and life share four major elements: In both what happens at the beginning might not have relevance at the end In both even the best achievers often fail Both are team sports In both people must figure out their roles do them well and help others to do theirs Both baseball and life contain anomalies which are things that deviate from the norm resulting in the unexpected. (Adapted from: Jacob Cashman) Discuss the idea that baseball in the novel works as a metaphor for life. Address each element above an and give a specific detailed example from the novel (note the chapter where the scene appears) that shows the parallel. Be sure all five are addressed.

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