Here is a scene from The Book Thief in which author Markus Zusak uses flood/water to portray deep fear and despair.
She [Liesel] would wake up swimming in her bed, screaming, and drowning in the flood of sheets. On the other side of the room, the bed that was meant for her brother floated boat like in the darkness. Slowly, with the arrival of consciousness, it sank, seemingly into the floor” (36).
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