November 2, 2011

The rhetorical element of metaphor and simile is similar to Freud’s theory of condensation because by forcing two ideas together into a single sentence forces knowledge and thoughts the two have in common, much information is packed down into a smaller package. The point the author is trying to get across with those notions is boiled down and made into a reduction sauce that enhances the notion. By doing this, seemingly complex ideas can be concentrated so they are far more potent.

One Response to “11/2”

  1.   Kevin L. Ferguson said:

    I wonder if Freud might not actually exclude simile–we can’t dream the word “like” (which establishes a linguistic abstract concept)–we can only have images near each or far from each other.

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