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    Unhappy Need help in Analysis of Metaphor from Novel to the Lighthouse

    Metaphor is from chapter 7 Book 1

    "the beak of brass, the arid scimitar of the male, which smote mercilessly, again and again, demanding sympathy."

    I have to analyze it as literally and figuratively. I get the meaning of it its the thought of James for his father Mr. Ramsay but I am finding difficulty in writing appropriately according to literal and figurative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snow.white View Post
    Metaphor is from chapter 7 Book 1

    "the beak of brass, the arid scimitar of the male, which smote mercilessly, again and again, demanding sympathy."

    I have to analyze it as literally and figuratively. I get the meaning of it its the thought of James for his father Mr. Ramsay but I am finding difficulty in writing appropriately according to literal and figurative.
    males "need" sympathy, according to Ms. Woolf. theme carries through Book 3 between Lilly and Mr. Ramsey. would think this a bfd as evidenced by her allusion to the knife (scimitar), although to myself, being male, hardly. figuratively, does the knife indicate extent and degree in Ms. Woolf's view? I thought the whole thing a little absurd.

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