Throughout the year we have studied a few texts like Macbeth, Gattaca and a poem call Ozymandias. A recurring theme in these texts is ambition and how it is fulfilled. Usually these texts include metaphors to help convey the idea that is at hand. So I have chosen to choose base this essay on how metaphors help convey the idea, in this case, ambition. Take Ozymandias for example, the metaphor, “The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;”. This quote is referring to the king as the hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. This quote is also a metaphor which helps convey the overall message of ambition in this text. There are more quotes like this in the ozymandias poem
In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, tells a story of someone with a powerful ambition to be king, Macbeth. Macbeth commits serious crimes such as regicide and murder to become king and to fulfill his ambition. He also try’s to leave his mark for as long as possible even after he dies. We can link this to the Ozymandias poem. The statue with the lifeless and shattered face. The creator of this statue wanted to make people remember him, and so did Macbeth.
In Gattaca, Vincent pursues his dream and breaks the law to fulfill his ambition and his dreams. Throughout the film I noticed the frequent use of metaphors.
Metaphors are significantly used in both texts. Using metaphors helps the author convey the emotion or feeling and the meaning behind the story and helps determine a certain image or experience that the author wants to put inside your head. But what really made me understand these texts was the load of metaphorical language that the texts contained. This is what allowed me to get an in depth understanding of the story and the moral of the storys.