Jonathan Edwards

Start Your Free Trial

What is an example of a metaphor in "Personal Narrative" by Jonathan Edwards?

Expert Answers info

booboosmoosh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2003

write4,119 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Jonathan Edward's "Personal Narrative," the author writes in depth about his relationship with God and his perceptions of God's sovereignty over mankind.

Edwards' piece is written, for the most part, in straight prose. He uses little in the way of figurative language—which would include similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, etc.

Metaphors and similes are very much alike. Both compare dissimilar things as if they were the same. A metaphor presents one thing as if it is the other, but a simile compares dissimilar things using "like" or "as" in the comparison. 

For instance consider this line of poetry by Robert Burns:

My love is like a red, red rose...

The speaker's love (sweetheart) is being compared to a red rose, though when first considered, they may seem to have nothing in common. However, they simply share similar characteristics. His love may have skin as soft as a rose's petal. His love may be passionate, inferred by the use of the color...

(The entire section contains 522 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial