Reading Metaphors Thinking is a submarine.
Metaphor is: • a comparison between two seemingly unrelated nouns • noun = person, place, thing, idea • does not use like, as, or than • does use: is was be am were being are been
example Love is an onion.
Step 1 • Choose an event, character, setting, idea from the text.
Step 2 • Reflect. • Reflect on the traits of the event, character, setting, idea • appearance • personality • mood • tone • What has similar traits to the event, character, setting, idea you chose?
Step 3 • Reflect. • What has similar traits to the event, character, setting, idea you chose?
Step 4 • Choose the best, deepest combination of event, character, setting, idea and a non-related noun with similar trait(s).
Step 5 • Write your metaphor. In “The Lorax” the Onceler is a butterfly.
Step 6 • Defend your metaphor. • A: state your metaphor • P: provide support as to how the two nouns being compared are related • E: Explain how the two nouns being compared are related
Step 6 In “The Lorax” the Onceler is a butterfly. As the Onceler’s tale unfolds it becomes clear that as a young man he is not a beautiful man. His focus is on gaining wealth and acquiring material possessions with little regard to whom or what he harms along the way. When he realizes the damage he has caused, he cocoons himself in his living quarters in his factory. He emerges at the end of the tale as a changed man, one who realizes the beauty that existed in the world around him before he build his factory and worked to gain his material wealth.