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.
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
of narrative can we identify?
As Miller points out, narrative theorist aren't just interested in identifying and studying different
They're also interested broadly in the
According to Miller, what are some of those functions?
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?"
McLaughlin's essay takes us back to what Culler treated as
, which come under the larger heading of
The use of metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, irony, allegory, etc.