What is the figure speech used in the phrase 'cruel bars'. (From the chapter Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar)

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The phrase 'cruel bars' is a metaphor to show the intensity of the cruelty shown to the bird. In reality, the cage and the bars does not have feelings or emotions and do not express cruelty. However, the cage is used as a metaphor to show the oppression and pain.

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