Figurative Language~Tropes; Essays

The director's TEDx talk provides examples of figurative and descriptive language in non-fiction presentations, provides valuable perspective on the movie, and contains additional life lessons.

Hawthorne uses various types of figurative language in his works to portray his message.

Why?
Note that when we focus on the role of figurative language in producing the meaning of a literary work our attention is called to:

The central importance of close reading and the analysis of individual words and phrases.
The importance of understanding the historical associations of words and where they come from (see 84-5, for example)
The open-ended and subjective nature of interpretation

To call attention to the distinction between the "proper" and the "figurative" meaning of words (81).


An Essay on Figurative Language | Kibin

Figurative language - the use of words to express meaning beyond the literal meaning of the words themselves

types, categories)

of narrative can we identify?
As Miller points out, narrative theorist aren't just interested in identifying and studying different
types
of narratives.

They're also interested broadly in the
function
of narrative

According to Miller, what are some of those functions?
Catharsis
Role playing; experimenting with possible selves
To police and regulate behavior
To consider the resistance to social norms
Experiencing repeated patterns gives reality a shape or form that structures our social lives and gives us pleasure
An initial situation
A sequence leading to a change or reversal
Use of personification to create character
A protagonist, an antagonist, and a witness
Patterning or repetition of key elements
Practical Application: What structural elements does Miller identify in Houseman's poem, "The Grizzly Bear?"
Figurative Language
McLaughlin's essay takes us back to what Culler treated as
rhetorical figures
, which come under the larger heading of
poetics
:

The use of metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, irony, allegory, etc.