Metaphors do not include small detail and minuscule parts. Instead, they include large and general overviews that create a field that allows for human contact with the language. If something good happens, and that person says, “I am in heaven,” then the people around that person recognize that he is not in heaven but still are able to conceptualize that he is doing well. This metaphor does not include the exact details to which he is feeling well, but it still is able to allow for the general idea of how someone is feeling or doing. Percy and Doyle both use metaphors to describe their point of detail. It is kind of a contradiction in all honesty. They are using broad metaphors to describe detail, even though the two are polar opposites. The message of Percy’s essay can be said as, “Find more detail in life, and notice the small things.” Doyle would say, “Value the fragility of life, and recognize the small parts.” These are just hypothetical analyses, but they seek to explain the essence of each essay. The contradiction arrives however when one realizes that the two use broad metaphors to describe a point of small detail. In all reality, is their point relevant if they contradict themselves in their essay? Bartholomae, David, and Anthony Petrosky, eds. Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers, 9 th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011 Doyle, Brian. “Joyas Voladoras.” Ways of Reading . By David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2011. 273-275. Print.
Percy, Walker. "The Loss of the Creature." Ways of Reading. By David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2011. 459-471. Print.
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