Metaphorically Speaking

Metaphorically Speaking |
Chad Doctor, Drecena Tennelle, Dorica Cunningham, Tony Elliot, Sonya Bradford, Kimberly Ellis |
August 11th, 2010 |
Chad Doctor |
Phl/251 |

There are times when we use metaphors without thinking. Our creativity, combined with our imagination, allows us to experiment with words and apply their meaning in an entirely different manner. Your girlfriend is a pit bull with no childhood can be used as a guy’s perception of his friend’s girlfriend: Either she is literally a very irritable dog or she is a very grumpy individual with very little experience in social interaction. People tend to stray away from the first option. When creating these humorous comparisons, people often bend the context of metaphors, diluting the meaning with words like like and as. Some will add adjectives into the batch and complete ruin the recipe (that was a metaphor).Adjectives are used to describe things, people, and places, and almost always come right before whatever they are characterizing.   A flower so sweet is an excellent choice to describe a person’s opinion of his or her mother.
When assembling a metaphor, it is essential to remember that the meaning of the actual message must be completely subliminal, in order to exploit the quality of the metaphor. I got home from work and let out a sigh of relief as I stepped into my fortress of solitude describes one person’s appreciation for the tranquility and peace within his home. From reading that, the audience would not be able to immediately identify the metaphor; they cannot directly find words that define the meaning of the metaphor, like home. Metaphors can describe every emotion, anger or passion. Masuko stepped onto the field with fire in his eyes; this ‘Masuko’ character was extremely passionate about that particular sport (whatever it was) and is also determined to win. An excellent metaphor we use on a daily basis is the phrase break my/his/her heart. In definition, somebody’s...