Metaphors and Their Meanings in Lady Whistledown's Utterances in the Television Series Bridgerton


Metaphors are used to understand the basic function of a term through another term, where there are some similarities or correlations between the two terms. Figurative language including metaphors is commonly used in dialogue, narrative text, and even in movie and television dialogue, where the dialogue can become more sparkling by the use of metaphors. The goal of this study was to examine Lady Whistledown’s metaphorical expressions in the Bridgerton television series and to explain the meanings of the metaphors. This was a qualitative study and the data were analyzed using Beekman and Callow’s metaphor theory. Full metaphor and abbreviated metaphor were the types of metaphor discovered by the researchers. The results of this study showed that abbreviated metaphor type 3 was the most frequently used. The meaning of each metaphor can be interpreted through the existing context. The findings of this study will be valuable to scholars who examine metaphors and metaphorical expressions.

Keywords: metaphor, abbreviated metaphor, meaning, Bridgerton

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