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Assignment 6, Cliche/Metaphor

Posted in Digital Art & Design by flyeff0rtlessly on September 8, 2009

metaphor |ˈmetəˌfôr; -fər|

nouna figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable

The picture I found is of the metaphor being stabbed in the back, which refers to being betrayed.

What is a metaphor?

A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing two things, saying one is the other, or like the other.

How does a metaphor function?

A metaphor is composed of two parts, the tenor and the vehicle. The tenor is the subject to which attributes are ascribed, the vehicle is the subject whose attributes are borrowed.

Why are metaphors important?

A metaphor is important in writing because it is more active than an analogy. A metaphor asserts two things are the same, whereas an analogy acknowledges the differences. Some recent linguistic theories view language as by its nature all metaphorical.

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cliché |klēˈ sh ā kli-; ˈklēˌ sh ā| (also cliche)

noun1 a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought

A cliche is something stereotypical and unoriginal. I chose a gif that has a few common stereotypes that I thought were more fitting than any other image I found.

What makes an image cliche?

An image, or really anything becomes cliche, when that image is overused and becomes “the norm” when that subject is brought up in conversation. A cliche can be an image or phrase that is stereotypical, for example some brings up a cheerleader and people picture what has been portrayed in the media: popular, pretty, mean; or a conversation about rappers people want to picture the stereotype of: lots of jewelry, women, cars, clothes, etc.

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