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The significance of beans

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I was determined to know beans.

Which statement accurately explains the purpose of the rhetorical device used in this quote from "The Bean Field"?

A

Thoreau personifies the word beans, giving them a human quality in effort to allow a connection between Thoreau and his beans.

B

Thoreau uses beans as a metaphor. Metaphorically, the beans represent all of nature and the connection Thoreau worked tirelessly to have with the natural world.

C

Thoreau refrained from any complexities in thought or presentation of idea. The syntactically precise statement was to inform the reader that he set out to do one thing: “to know beans”.

D

Thoreau uses a pun to play on the meaning of beans: the literal meaning, in the cultivation of beans, and the negation of the idiom “not to know beans.” Thoreau endeavored to know beans at the rudimentary level.

E

Thoreau uses beans as a metonym. Beans are the representation of all. The literal meaning would be translated to: I was determined to know all.