Metaphor - Metaphor Direct comparison of two seemingly...

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Unformatted text preview: Metaphor Direct comparison of two seemingly unrelated subjects for the purpose of better understanding one of these two subjects The tenor is the idea being expressed or the subject of the comparison; the vehicle is the image by which this idea is conveyed or the subject communicated Ex: The Gulf Coast is a catcher's mitt for hurricanes. Tenor = Gulf Coast Vehicle = catcher's mitt ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Ex: Vice-President Cheney has entered a storm of controversy. Tenor = Vice-President Cheney's situation Vehicle = storm Ex: I was flamed on a message board. Tenor = the messages I've received Vehicle = the heat of punishment ________________________________________ Ex: We're unfolding the roadmap to peace. Tenor = plan for peace Vehicle = roadmap Recognizing Metaphors Metaphors use figurative, not literal, language Women like to fight. Women are wildcats, always willing to attack. Ex: Ex: Jack is lazy. Jack is a couch potato. Metaphor Vs. Simile Simile Tenor is like vehicle Ex: New Orleans is like a toxic gumbo. Metaphor Tenor is vehicle Ex: New Orleans is a toxic gumbo. Common Examples of Metaphor Argument is war. Ex: I demolished his arguments. Your claims are indefensible. His criticisms were right on target. She shot down all of my arguments. He attacked every weak point in my claims. Common Examples of Metaphor Time is money. Ex: You're wasting my time. This gadget will save you hours. I've invested a lot of time in her. You need to budget your time. He's living on borrowed time. Common Examples of Metaphor Love is a physical force. Ex: I could feel the electricity between us. I was magnetically drawn to her. When I met him, there were sparks. They were uncontrollably attracted to each other. We gravitated toward each other immediately. How Do Metaphors Shape Our Understanding of the World? Argument is war. Ex: I demolished his arguments. Your claims are indefensible. His criticisms were right on target. She shot down all of my arguments. He attacked every weak point in my claims. What Are the Metaphors in Maus? Tenor = Vehicle = Tenor = Vehicle = Tenor = Vehicle = ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/16/2008 for the course ENG 108 taught by Professor Fabbro during the Spring '08 term at Monroe CC.

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