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《Foreign Language Research》 2017-06
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A Study on Hester from the Perspective of Conceptual Metaphor

Zhuge Xiao-chu;Wu Shi-xiong;Wenzhou Business College;Fujian Normal University;  
Based on Hester's life experience( from committing a sin to suffering punishment to winning self-redemption),this paper analyzes her special image from the perspective of conceptual metaphor. The study shows that Hawthorne firstly constructs a mega-metaphor"sin is an object",which contains a set of micro-metaphors,to depict Hester's sin. Then he utilizes the images of"scarlet letter,scaffold,chain/link... "and two metaphors"people are inanimate objects"and"language is an object"to portray Hester's punishment. Finally,he presents Hester's self-redemption by employing another two metaphors: "redemption is pearl"and "redemption is the scarlet letter". It is not hard to see that metaphorical images play crucial roles in The Scarlet Letter,especially in the characterization of Hester.
【Fund】: 国家社科基金项目“基于《说文解字》字(词)汇隐喻语料库的汉英语言隐喻模式比较”(12BYY005);; 教育部人文社科项目“基于语料库的霍桑文学作品中的概念隐喻研究”(17YJC752045)的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: H315
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