Metonymy

By: Jace Blankenship

What is it?

A metonymy (/məˈtänəmē/) is a figure of speech that replaces the name of a thing with the name of something else with which it is closely associated with.

What are some examples?

  • The pen is mightier than the sword. Pen is used to refer to writing or diplomacy, whereas, sword is used to refer to military force.
  • Let me give you a hand. You're not really giving somebody a hand, rather you're referring to getting or giving help.
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What effect does it have on the reader?

It provides the reader with symbols for specific items and plot points. By using this, the text itself dives deeper to find a new and hidden meaning to the point, for the reader.