Using Metaphor as a device Strategy (June 2021)



A metaphor compares one thing to another in a figurative sense. Also could be more in an ironic sense rather than a literal sense.

By using a metaphor, we bypass logic. We can describe an aspect of life by comparing it to something actually unrelated in a humorous way, but projects a quality.

A metaphor conjures up a simple image.

For example:

  • My test was a breeze.
  • He is as strong as an ox.
  • She is behaving like an entitled princess.
  • My upbringing was a nightmare.
  • Their life is a bed of roses.

When you think of your life, what metaphor would describe the life that you’re leading?


Once you have chosen a metaphor, expand the metaphor by personalizing it. Example: My life is like a roller derby.

Everyone else seems so aggressive. I just keep going round and round.

I feel the pressure to win.

In order to continue, I intend to …. 



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