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rachnagoyal | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM via web

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In As You Like It, how does Amiens use winter wind as metaphor to compare man's ingratitude?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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In this scene, Amiens entertains Duke Senior with a song to supposedly entertain him, but interestingly, Amiens sings a song all about how much worse the ingratitude of man is compared to the harsh winter wind, explaining how the way that men treat each other is so much more terrible than experiencing the icy touch of the wintery wind on our bodies:

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,

Thou art not so unkind

As man's ingratitude;

Thy tooth is not so keen,

Because thou art not seen,

Although thy breath be rude.

Here we can see that the extended metaphor is developed through comparing the winter wind to some kind of animal with sharp fangs, accurately capturing the shiver of coldness that we experience in the winter wind. However, because the "tooth" of winter is invisible, whereas the "tooth" of man is visible in the way that we hurt each other, the winter wind is definitely not as harmful and painful as man's acts of inhumanity towards his fellow men.

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