The Metaphorical Concept of Walden Pond
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This paper first organizes the development of metaphor from Aristotle’s classic opinion on metaphor as a rhetoric vehicle and persuasive language to the latest modern theory viewing metaphor as the core of our conceptual system. Then the paper explores the elements that influence the metaphor construction in Walden Pond and examines the basic concepts structured by metaphors. At last the core metaphorical concept of Walden Pond is concluded, followed with the core spirit the book brings about, that is, Thoreau’s living philosophy.
Walden Pond; Metaphor; Metaphorical Concept; Nature