Making Sense of Shakespeare’s Language
• You probably already have some ‘similes’ and ‘metaphors’ memorized… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s WDSxmMo9Z0&feature=related
• simile – a figure of speech (literary device) that directly compares two (or more) unlike things, using ‘like’ or ‘as’.
“Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy*….” – Tik Tok,
“Shake it like a Polaroid picture….” – Hey Ya, Outkast “Last name ever, first name greatest, like a sprain’ ankle boy I ain’t nothin’ to play with…” – Forever, by Drake
“The brightness of her cheek would
shame those stars/ As daylight doth a lamp…”
- Romeo in Act II, Scene ii of Romeo
Juliet’s beauty is greater than the stars, just like the sun is greater in light than a lantern.
(Greater than) >
• metaphor – a comparison of two (or more) unlike things without using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’; usually using the words ‘is’ or ‘are’
1. Provides an image our brains can process 2. Gives a much more direct comparison than simile.
Well, if I say someone is like a horse, that means they are only similar in
If I say someone is a horse, that means they are basically the exact same.
“…When it’s going good, it’s going great/ I’m [I am] Superman with the wind at his back, she’s Lois Lane…” – Love the Way You
Lie, Eminem feat. Rihanna
“It’s a matter of time before we all run out, when I thought he was mine she caught him by the mouth…” – Misery Business, by Paramore
FAKE Tease/ Dangerous
“I guess she’s an Xbox, and I’m more an Atari…” – Forget
You, by Cee Lo Green
She = NEW AND AWESOME He = OLD FASHIONED (NOT COOL IN HER OPINION)
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs:/ Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;/ Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears...” - Romeo, Act I Scene I of
Romeo and Juliet