Publication Year

1995

Keywords

Literature, English, Gospel of Mark, literary theory, metaphors

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature

Abstract

Certainly, the ambiguity of the text has long been a discussion of literary theorists. As I began to develop my understanding of literary theory in the first of many analytical literature courses, I was confronted with the elusive qualities of language. In class, the more frequently discussed examples of literature's "bag of tricks" included irony, simile, and metaphor. Being both a writer and a newly emerging literary critic, I was particularly fascinated by metaphor. I loved being able to experience the richness of language contained in a metaphor's images. However, I believe my experience of these metaphors still remained a superficial one, because I refused to acknowledge that the metaphor possessed, if you will, a multiplicity. As I listened to my peers discuss the same metaphors, I realized that my "rich" experience of the text was not the only possible experience. In fact, for many readers, metaphors remained only anomalies. I continued to enjoy these anomalies, however, seeing how the text always meant something to me.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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