Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Metaphor and Extended Metaphor


Definition:  A metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as.

Example:  The classroom is a circus.
This metaphor compares the loudness in some classrooms to the loudness in a circus.

Significance: Metaphors are important because it can be used to make something easier to understand by showing the similarities in two unlike things.

Extended Metaphor

Definition:  An extended metaphor is a comparison between a group and another group of words using multiple metaphors that usually relate to the first sentence in the extended metaphor.

Example: Emotions is weather.  Sadness is rain.  Happiness is a sunny day.  Anger is lighting. Confused is foggy.

Significance:  An extended metaphor is important because it gives more detail on the idea given.

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