While catching up on the world news, I came across a story about Shakila, a young Afghanistan girl. She was kidnapped at the young age of eight and held for two years (she managed to escape) as a form of repayment for the wrong her family elder committed. This tradition known as baad or baadi was a “deeply rooted cultural practice” in the country (Rubin, 2012, p. A1). This was an insightful way to talk about a long held tradition. How did this phrase make sense even when the article was not even talking about growing plants or even their root system? Metaphors create meaning by conveying an experience in a domain through understanding of another domain. The experience is “map[ped] from a source domain to a target domain” (Lakoff, 1986, p. 216). For the metaphor, deep roots, the source domain is roots while the target domain is history. The knowledge we have about each domain and their corresponding elements allows us to assemble a metaphor.
... middle of paper ...
...e and sustained existence. An entity that will be planted is one that will establish itself. This metaphor has the power to influence our thoughts because they are a way to think and see the world. They gear our thoughts in a certain direction while hindering it in others. The phrase “deeply rooted” is not figure of speech, but a way of thinking about roots as history.
Brown, P. (2012, October 10). When the uprooted put down roots. The New York Times, p. A12.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2011, September 11). New study uncovers 'deep roots' of
homelessness. Retrieved February 22, 2012, from http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/deep-roots-homelessness
Lakeoff, G. (1986). A figure of thought. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, 1(3), 215-225
Rubin, A. J. (2012, February 16). A childhood lost to pay for the sins of others. The New York
Times, p. A1.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Metaphors, according to Professor George Lakoff, are a way to think and reason about life. They are not a unique way to speak about it, but a common way to talk about life experiences since they are a reflection of our thought processes (1986). This became immediately apparent to me when I began looking for metaphors commonly used. It took some time to find any because they were pervasive of my thought system that I did not even notice many phrases around me were metaphors. Those phrases were not “poetic or rhetorical” way of talking, but a normal usage for those around me to express their thoughts (Lakeoff, 1986, p.216).... [tags: Language ]
1141 words (3.3 pages)
- Religion in Pop Culture Final Essay Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone, and "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Steven Spielberg, are two movies flush with Christian Symbolism. Both films feature scripture, Platoon opens with it, and in Saving Private Ryan, there is a character that often quotes scripture. While there are some similarities between the two movies, like having a Christ Figure, and a conflict between good and evil, there are metaphors that make the films different from one another. Platoon features more complex metaphors, and focuses on a power struggle between two characters that represent good and evil.... [tags: pop culture, religion, symbolism, movies]
1876 words (5.4 pages)
- Metaphors We Live By In Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson give the following definition: “The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another” (5). An obvious focal point of Metaphors We Live By, and the idea this essay will attempt to further explicate, is the notion that the title implies: we live by certain dominant metaphors. Some of the most universal concepts in our species, culture, and language are not only talked about, but also thought about, in metaphorical terms.... [tags: George Lakoff Mark Johnson Love Essays]
967 words (2.8 pages)
- Cutie as a Metaphor of the Mind in Asimov's Reason Using one's reason to the highest ability is considered to be a virtue in our society. Reason and logic have a lucid quality that is reassuring to human interaction. Ultimately, humanity prizes itself for its ability to logically explain our observations by using reason. Another facet of the human mind is to be inquisitive, to constantly ask questions about our surroundings. Both these facets are shown by the main character, "Cutie," in Asimov's "Reason." This thought-provoking story uses Cutie, a robot, as a metaphor of the human mind, and on a larger scale, humanity itself.... [tags: Asimov Reason]
1112 words (3.2 pages)
- Title: Metaphors in Cinema: Gigantic Monsters Proposed Research: The metaphors in films like Godzilla, Big Bug Movies (Them, Tarantula), and King Kong. The trauma and fear of war, science, and humanity. Question: Develop an argument about how humans deal with their fear of death through the use of one or more monsters (zombies, vampires, etc.…) Monsters like Godzilla are important for humans who are coping with a fear of death. The use of monsters is to lessen the fear of that pending imminent threat and or distress of waiting for a catastrophe to happen.... [tags: Nuclear weapon, Human, Cold War, World War II]
1344 words (3.8 pages)
- A metaphor is an influential feature of language. The use of metaphors is apparent in the world as it is used in contexts ranging from everyday conversations to literature to its application to scientific theories. However, achieving a standard understanding of a metaphor's theory or meaning, is difficult. This is because metaphors seems to straddle so many important boundaries: between language and thought, between understanding an individual word and understanding the relation between words, and between rational communication and mere causal association.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Solomon]
2528 words (7.2 pages)
- Control, Empowerment, and the Fake World: Converging Metaphors "Metaphors not only structure the way we think about school, they also help create the world of the school" (Cunningham, "Metaphors of Mind" handout). This quote speaks the truth. Metaphors are the tools we use both to structure thinking about our culture and to create culture at the same time. An excellent example of this dual and interconnected role of metaphor is Marshall's belief that "the dominan t metaphor in many schools is SCHOOL IS WORK" (Cunningham, "MOM" handout).... [tags: Metaphors Education Educational Papers]
1971 words (5.6 pages)
- Why Must We Dream in Metaphors. The poet Willis Barnstone begins a poem with this line: "Why must I always see the death in things?" My poem would begin, "Why must I always see the metaphor in things?" If I have any intellectual strength it is in seeing connections between unlikely ideas, theories, and concepts. I sit in classes, in front of the television, in front of books and my brain constantly tries to see how what I donít understand relates to, is like, compares to things I already know about.... [tags: Poetry Poem Poet Metaphor Papers]
1742 words (5 pages)
- Metaphors for Terror The administration's framings and reframings and its search for metaphors should be noted. The initial framing was as a "crime" with "victims" and "perpetrators" to be "brought to justice" and "punished." The crime frame entails law, courts, lawyers, trials, sentencing, appeals, and so on. It was hours before "crime" changed to "war" with "casualties," "enemies," "military action," "war powers," and so on. Donald Rumsfeld and other administration officials have pointed out that this situation does not fit our understanding of a "war." There are "enemies" and "casualties" all right, but no enemy army, no regiments, no tanks, no ships, no air force, no battlefield... [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays]
692 words (2 pages)
- Metaphors With the possible exception of completely formal exercises in logic, philosophy is thoroughly metaphorical and largely conditional. Moreover, the purposes served by metaphors and conditionals in it are similar. Metaphors ask us to imagine the world in a new way, while conditionals may ask to imagine a new world. Yet some conditionals and metaphors are incompatible. There are limits to how metaphors can occur in conditionals, and how conditionals can themselves be metaphors. Specifically, only certain kinds of metaphors can be accommodated in the antecedents of conditionals, and even then only within a restricted class of conditionals.... [tags: Argumentative Philosophy Argument Papers]
4180 words (11.9 pages)