Sylvia Plath’s“Metaphors” conveys an understanding of the stages of maturity (1) when dealing with new challenges (2), which is a key element in the development of empathy (3). In the first three lines, Plath conveys physical maturity through noticing how different changes and risks differ one’s outlook on life. Sylvia was pregnant at the time she wrote the poem and the words and grammatical usage suggest that this poem was about her and her internal struggles. The first line starts with the contraction “I’m a”(1), suggesting that the poem is not formal writing, thereby hinting that the experience she is trying to convey is at a coloquial status of the audience. The “a” in “I’m a”(1) foreshadows the use of a simple metaphor, which connotes physical maturity through noticing one’s surroundings. The simple metaphor additionally expands with the inconspicuous word …show more content…
The word nine is the first hint that Plath is pregnant. Pregnancy normally lasts nine months and Plath notices that and sees that there are tough times and moments ahead. This theme is reinforced through having nine syllables per line and nine lines in total. In the second line the woman is noticing how different she looks when she says “[a]n elephant, a ponderous house”(2), both burdens to take care of. They are big, need to have a lot of money put into their necessities, and take up a lot of one’s time. The personification in “ponderous house” (2) especially conveys that the woman feels like she has too much responsibility, is slow, clumsy, and that being pregnant is laborious. Furthermore, the elephant and the house is very mature, because traditionally an elephant is a symbol of maturity and a house is also mature, for when young adults are finally mature, they move into their own house. In addition, the woman also says that she is “a melon strolling on two tendrils” (3). The melon could suggest that her belly is as huge as a melon, while her legs are small and stick-like. The environmental
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Enrique Salmon’s usage of a metaphor that compares the connectedness of humans to their environment to a lasso is genius. Salmon paints a vivid picture of togetherness for me. I can visualize his description of life in any form impacting the other surrounding forms of life. For example, we as humans, have choice to be good and take care of our environment or be bad and destroy it. I could go out and cut down a thousand trees for profit and destroy the homes of wildlife, cause erosion, and decrease the amount of oxygen being produced in the atmosphere.
An author’s use of metaphors can either make or break their story. If used too often or too abruptly, it leads to a generic narration, causing a lack of engagement from the audience. If used correctly, it can make for a highly compelling story, one that forces the reader to empathize with the characters and deeply experience the story as opposed to simply reading it. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney serves as a phenomenal example of just how spellbinding metaphors can make a novel. The incredible way of portraying emotions and people resonates deeply with any reader, thus proving just how mesmeric metaphorical language can truly be.
Whether it’s positive or negative, parents and teachers impact everyone’s lives in some way. “The Metaphor” by Budge Wilson is a short story told from the point of view of a gifted young girl named Charlotte. In the seventh grade Charlotte had an English teacher named Miss Hancock. While Charlotte’s mother disapproved of Miss Hancock, Charlotte loved her. Perhaps the reason Charlotte’s mother disliked Miss Hancock so much is because they are so different.
The Other Side, a children’s book written by Jacqueline Woodson about how a metaphorical fence divides blacks from whites. Clover, a little black girl who lives in a yellow house on the other side of a fence from a little white girl named Annie. The tone of the story is all people are made equal; We are trained to judge people by their skin tone. The symbolism is the fence; The audience was the children. First, The Other Side’s tone is everyone is created equal.
The Metaphor Literary Paragraph In Budge Wilson’s “The Metaphor” the once young, enthusiastic 13 year old girl Charlotte is followed through her journey to becoming a 16 year old high school student who has been oppressed by society to match their standards. To begin with, in grade 7, Charlotte has an English teacher by the name of Miss Hancock, who is “plump and unmarried and overenthusiastic” (65). A vital role in Charlotte’s life is played by Miss Hancock because she introduces her to the beauty of literature and the importance of creativity. A breath of fresh air is what Miss Hancock is compared to in Charlotte’s plain, simple and boring life when she helps Charlotte discover her passion.
The short story, “The Metaphor,” by Budge Wilson is the story of Charlotte and her personal growth through her relationship with her teacher Miss Hancock. Charlotte enjoyed Miss Hancock’s class in 7th grade and was actively engaged in the class, especially when it came to the use of metaphors. As Charlotte grew older she happened to again have Miss Hancock as a teacher in 10th grade, she then felt too mature for her teaching method and distanced herself. In the climax Miss Hancock died and Charlotte’s mother lacked any sympathy, Charlotte then had an epiphany and knew that what matters is personality not social standards or external beauty. Through the use of detail, symbolism, and metaphor, Wilson creates a quality coming of age story that shows the importance of inner beauty through the transformation of Charlotte.
Chinua Achebe 's novel, "Things Fall Apart", tradition is very important to Okonkwo and his people. Achebe uses simile, imagery, and metaphor to show how both the tradition and challenge of tradition are important to the igbo people. Achebe uses simile, when Okonkwo was planning a feast for all the umunna or his mother’s people. Achebe states, ‘three goats were slaughtered … it was like a wedding feast.”
Budge Wilson, in “The Metaphor,” writes about Ms. Hancock, a beloved teacher. Charlotte writes a metaphor in seventh grade relating her mother to a cold, grey building. When Wilson writes about Ms. Hancock, she describes her as being colorful and warm. Charlotte saw Ms. Hancock more as a mother figure than her own mother. However, when Ms. Hancock stops being her teacher, Charlotte starts to become more like her mother.
“’remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’” (119) These famous words Atticus Finch said in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, portrays that because the mockingbird doesn’t hurt anyone, and because it only helps people, it is a sin to kill it. To be a mockingbird, you can’t hurt people, you can’t infringe on other people’s property, and you can’t be a bad person. People who are like mockingbirds only help others in their endeavors. This is why I believe that Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Arthur “Boo” Radley are all portrayed as metaphorical mockingbirds.
Multiple other metaphors appear in this song but I chose these ones because I thought they had a very simple true meaning. There are many other metaphors in the song but these two are probably two of the most important ones throughout the duration of the song. Other figurative language also appears in the song “She’s Everything.” Hyperbole is just one example of another form of figurative language which I found in this song.
1. What do you think the central metaphor is in this poem? There are no right or wrong answers, but you must "defend" your choice. (Remember, the poet is speaking to her child as she discovers the world and begins to create and give meaning to objects in her world.)
Ungerer & Schmid (2006) say that the ‘traditional way of looking at metaphors and metonymy is that they are considered to be figures of speech’, in other words ‘as more or less ornamental devices used in rhetorical style’ (114). Some famous examples are phrases like ‘you are my sunshine’, referring to a person is happy and bright, ‘he is a walking Encyclopaedia’ suggesting he is full of knowledge. Then we have famous metonymies; ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ where the pen means ‘the written word’ and swords stands for ‘military aggression and force’. Additionally, we can use words metonymically: ‘crown’ stands for a royal person, ‘ears’ for attention and ‘eyes’ for sight and so forth.