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For even as love crowns you, so shall he crucify you…: on conceptual metaphors in the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study has been to investigate the conventionality of the conceptual metaphors concerning the subjects of life, death and love in Kahlil Gibran’s literary work The prophet. The conceptual metaphors found have been compared to Anglo-American contemporary conventional conceptual metaphors studied by Gibbs (1994), Kövesces (1986, 2002) and Lakoff and Turner (1989). The analysis shows that Gibran predominantly uses unconventional conceptual metaphors in his description of life, death and love. He also uses a few conventional conceptual metaphors, both those which he has developed by elaboration, extension and composition as well as those which he has not developed at all. The extent of unconventional metaphors found in Gibran’s work may be due to the author’s cultural and religious background as well as his wish to create an understanding between, and for, different religious beliefs.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, metaphors, conceptual metaphors, conventional metaphors, unconventional metaphors, literary analysis, Kahlil Gibran, the Prophet
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58919ISRN: LTU-DUPP--09/122--SELocal ID: f78f0bd0-cc9e-4dcf-94f7-d7fbb374eedbOAI: diva2:1032307
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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