Both of these pieces of work involve a literal sense of human interaction with their environment. The authors of “The Fight” and “What Happened During the Ice Storm” use figurative language to bring about the conflict between humans and nature. The actions of the characters in both the pieces act impulsively, resulting in a conflict with their surroundings. The figurative language used by the authors is critical to bring about the repercussions of the unconscious behavior of the characters and their interaction with their immediate environment. However, the language used portrays the extent of the characters' counteraction indicates a predictable action as they try to mitigate their behavior outcomes.