Decoding Metaphorical Quotations
Analyzing them




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

““I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression,” said Mark, who was fond of theatrical metaphors”

synonyms: figure of speech, image, trope, analogy, comparison, symbol, word painting/picture

“the profusion of metaphors in her everyday speech has gotten pretty tiresome”

  • a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.

“the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering”


  1. Iceberg:

Small at first glance but under the surface it is much more complex.

Ethics are Icebergs. Transcript of Ethics Visual Metaphor


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  1. The Sun

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”

For more information on this scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, see this link:

To see the wonderful Franco Zefferelli version of this scene, see below link:


  1. Time

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
(Ben Hecht)

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For each of the three metaphors, answer the below questions:

  1. What is the obvious meaning?
  2. Now, go deeper, and think about all the things that could be attached to this idea. Brainstorm anything and everything. What could it mean beyond the obvious? How have you seen this? Where in books, songs, films, tv shows, the news have you seen this or something like it?

Metaphors be with you!

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