Friday, October 14, 2011
Figurative Language Analysis- Overstatement
Emily Matchar's "Why I can't stop reading Mormon housewife blogs," employs effective figurative language in order to get the audience onto the same page. Her use of overstatement is extremely effective on the audience when she says, "And don’t even get me started on the Mommy Blogs, which make parenthood seem like a vale of judgment and anxiety, full of words like 'guilt' and 'chaos' and 'BPA-free' and 'episiotomy.' Read enough of these, and you’ll be ready to remove your own ovaries with a butter knife." (Italics added in by me.) Matchar makes this bold statement in order to shock the audience. Of course she does not mean the sentence literally, but she it trying to get the point across that Mommy Blogs by other people other than Mormons tend to be depressing and stressful. When Matchar states, "... you'll be ready to remove your own ovaries with a butter knife," she simply means that after reading those depressing blogs, the idea of having children will seem like a nightmare. her crude manner of putting that sentence also makes it more abrupt for the audience to read, making them ultimately reject the idea of reading the non-Mormon Mommy blogs; thus, fulfilling the goal of Emily Matchar in supporting the reading of Mormon blogs.