chapter  9
Metaphors and figures of speech
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When you study a literary text, you often concentrate on the way it uses language and figures of speech. It is sometimes assumed that these figures of speech, and metaphors particularly, are just ornaments, there to decorate the texts and somehow show an author’s skill. But they are much more important than this: they convey meanings at all sorts of levels, from the most mundane to the very deepest views we hold about ourselves and the world. Studying English involves not just appreciating figures of speech as ornaments but looking at and questioning their significance.