with any piece of literature. Metaphors add color to
creative writings, also establishing depth. A story
without metaphors is lifeless, unable to compose
another way to view it. The term for a metaphor is a
figure of speech in which term is transferred to
something it does not literally apply to, this helps the
brain create a mental picture which the person might
easily understand what the character is feeling.
When a person finally makes the connection
between the metaphor and the idea, the story takes
a deeper meaning.
In the story by E.M. Remarque, 'All Quiet on the
Western Front', you see a vast quantity of
metaphors to connect the characters thoughts
together. While reading this book, you may decide
to ignore the metaphors, by not truly understanding
the meaning they portray. In this, you fail to grasp
the emotions that the author relates to you in the
tale of the soldiers of the book. If you take the time
to appreciate what the author writes by using
metaphors the story will be more enjoyable.
Understanding metaphors is not always easy,
many people get similes and metaphors mixed up.
A simile is nothing more then a baby metaphor.
You must be able to pick out a metaphor in the
story, no matter how minuscule. For even though it
may appear small, it might be a lead to another far
bigger metaphor. Through this, the intended
meaning will appear.
When Paul the main character, refers to the
front as a whirlpool, this is quite a large metaphor,
with a deeply rooted meaning. "To me the front is a
mysterious whirlpool. Though I am in still water far
away from its centre, I feel the whirl of the vortex
sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into
itself" (Ch.4,Pg55) This is saying that though he is
not even close to the front, he still feels the effects
from his position. It creates the mental picture that
Paul is a boat in a large