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Metaphors, Natural & Mental Orders


a. How can a metaphor affect a person's emotions? Explain how the language used influences the interpretation of the metaphor.

b. What are the processes we use to organize information? What are natural orders? What are mental orders? Is there a connection between the two different ordering processes? Why or why not?


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Metaphors and Emotions

A metaphor is a figure of speech that utilizes an analogous comparison between objects and ideas to emphasize or pertain to a certain meaning provided by the imagery that a metaphor creates. There are varied types of metaphors (i.e. an allegory and a parable) and as a rhetorical figure of speech; a metaphor achieves its purpose by associating, comparing, or resembling objects and ideas. A hyperbole and a simile are seen as 'species' of metaphors. How then can a metaphor affect a person's emotions? Words and the imagery they create in our mind trigger a memory and an association to feelings and emotions. Consider this - 'Her beauty is like the sun, it brings light and life to so many eyes.' - this sentence can certainly be considered for poetry or a romantic line in a romance novel precisely because it incites 'beautiful imagery' of a woman that, as described by the metaphor, can only be so pleasant to look at that her mere looks makes ...

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The solution is a 755-word essay divided into 2 parts that directly answers the questions enumerated in the original problem (see long description) about metaphors and the human emotion (Part 1) and about natural and mental orders (Part 2, similarities and differences). A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. References are listed to allow student room for further research.