A story named The Centipede, written by Rony V. Diaz is used as the basis for some English lessons. You can read and analyze the story here at this link. There is also a summary and review here. For the purposes of this question, a contextual summary is as follows:
Delia and Eddie are siblings. Delia is the elder sister, and Eddie is the younger brother. Their mother died on the same day that Eddie was born, (possibly from childbirth complications). It appears that Delia resents her brother and sees him with contempt due to the loss of their mother. Delia mistreats her brother badly due to her resentment toward him. (She possibly attributes her brother as the cause of her death.) The story is written from Eddie's point of view, where he recounts how his sister mistreats him, and how he attempts to get revenge but regrets it afterward.
An excerpt from the story that is relevant here:
MY sister was the meanest creature I knew. She was eight when I was born, the day my mother died. Although we continued to live in the same house, she had gone, it seemed, to another country from where she looked at me with increasing annoyance and contempt.
One of the questions asked is as follows:
Determine whether the statement below is literal or figurative.
Delia's resentment toward Eddie could be traced back to their mother's death.
I tried looking for a definite answer, but couldn't find any. I could only find this explanation:
Could be both. Literal since their mother could've really died and Eddie could've been a part of it. Figurative since their mother could've died, but Eddie wasn't a part of it and Delia could've resented him due to the fact Eddie wasn't there or he didn't do anything.
It doesn't answer the question because Eddie was part of his mother death by being born of her at the same moment. But he couldn't also be held responsible for his mother's death since he was only a newborn baby.
What would be the correct answer, and why?