Life Is a Journey" vs "Life Is a Game

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Analysis of Metaphor in an Area Outside of Literature essay
“Life is a Journey” vs “Life is a Game”

This week we’ve learned about the impact that metaphors have on our lives. In Lakoff’s “The Family”, he discusses how metaphors have shaped our moral and political views. He compares the “The Strict Father Model” to “The Nation-as-a-Family” and explains the role they have in shaping our nation’s political views. This comparison encouraged me to analyze other metaphors that seem similar, but are in fact viewed very differently. For this example, we will compare “Life is a Journey” versus “Life is a Game” – both refer to life, but are very different. Are we in control or is there a set design for our lives? Although these two metaphors are different, they do have quite a few similarities and will like to explore all sides of them. Life is a Journey - Life itself has many twists and turns and perhaps there are no right or wrong turns. We’ve heard many metaphors used to describe one’s journey through life, such as, “I feel lost”, “I’m finally on the right path”, and “I’m at a crossroad in my life”. Life itself has many metaphors. All of which are great, but I feel that “journey” is the most common and popular. The definition of journey is “an act to travel from one place to another; a trip.” (freedictionary.com) So, if life is a journey, are we in control of getting to our destination? There are several books that discuss the power of change and claim that it starts with us, and that our thoughts are the problem and simultaneously the solution. The first example used is the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrnes. In this piece of literature she places emphasis on the power of positive thought. She states: “you too can have it all, if you shift your way of thinking in a positive direction, you can achieve all things – big or small, it’s up to you.” She explains that we have been in the driver’s seat the whole time, and that our reality is shaped by what we think,...
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