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How does an aphorism effect the audience or readers?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/30/2017 - 07:35
Effect of aphorisms

Use of aphorism helps us understand a character or narrator's worldview: it tells them what they believe about the world, what they hold to be true, and often how they think others should behave.

For example, a character who often uses aphorisms such as "Idle hands are the devil's playthings" and "love and work are the cornerstones of all humanness," this would tells us that this a character who believes strongly in the value of work, they see work and working as not only virtuous and desirable, but necessary for one to be truly human. Knowing this attitude might help us further understand their stance on various things in the story and their relationship to others who hold similar or different attitudes.

When this trait comes from the narrator, it tells us the rules of the world - assuming the narrator is reliable. A narrator who tells us that "work made fun gets done," is telling you not to resent characters who play around or make light of their work. This helps the reader understand the way the narrator wants them to understand the characters and their actions.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 23:21

Anyone have an example for this in Macbeth?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 17:54
Animal Farm, anyone?

"If Comrade Napoleon says it, then it must be right."
Boxer is helping Napoleon keep control of the farm whether he realizes or not.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/20/2016 - 23:50
"In the search for truth

"In the search for truth there are too, many lies!"

-- Brana Crncevic

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 01:12
Aphorism Comparison

Isn't aphorism technically like deep thoughts like: Is it that zebras are black and have white stripes or are they white with black stripes?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 04:18
Aphorism vs. Deep Thought

Aphorism reflects a personal truth or worldview. Deep thought is less meaningful and - as you have noted with the zebra example - is often directionless.

"Every cloud has a silver lining" tells us that a person believes there is good to be found in any situation; they are an optimist who believes in the importance of finding positive aspects.

Pondering whether zebras are black with white stripes or black with white stripes doesn't tell us anything about a person's beliefs or worldview, except perhaps that they don't see a problem with daydreaming or wondering about trivial matters.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 23:24
No, actually that contradicts

No, actually that contradicts the whole definition of an aphorism.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:47
no idea

no idea

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 18:09
reading intervention

give me the test question

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:08
harry potter

When I read this I immediately thought of Severus Snape saying "No idea." to the mean person in the Order of the Phoenix!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:58

1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humour you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Stroke a cat and you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - for example, it could be the right number.

13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap

15. Be careful about reading the fine print there's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realise that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

18. Money can't buy happiness but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Ford.

19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and the ones that mind don't matter.

21. Life isn't tied with a bow but it's still a gift.



Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:08
i know where you got #20 from

#20 is a saying by Dr. Seuss, i know that much.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:08


Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 00:47
The last one

The last one is hahahahahaha.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:23
thanx man!

thanx man!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/24/2014 - 06:29
AP Language and Composition

"Jim Rockford is best pony" is clearly a metaphor, but it is also an aphorism because it is a general truth. Jesus or Scuba?. . . . . . . . . . . =mind blown

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:16

is anaphora the same as aphorism.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:44
no, anaphora is when the

no, anaphora is when the begin of a line is the same in poetry

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 15:31

anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs.
e.g. Martin Luther King Jr's speech "I have a dream"

in short, anaphora is repetition, aphorism is an insightful saying. :)

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 13:41
another definition

Aphorism: a short memorable statement

Example- anyone who wants to be famous in Canada must first become famouse somewhere else.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:08

It just seems like the site uses "aphorism" instead of "cliche" to express the same idea. Maybe it's the whole "underlying term of authority" thing, like "my way or the highway."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 03:25
Re: Cliche

Maybe it's just that those often used aphorisms become cliches.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:04


Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 21:25
Better example of this device

The line between clche and aphorism is a little hazy to me too. But I don't think the example here is quite right. How about:

Upon seeing the shoddy work done by the employee, the boss told him that anything worth doing, is worth doing well.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:02
Excellent Example

I think that is a much better example than the one provided above. "...shape up, or ship out," is cute, but yours expresses a universally accepted truism.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 21:03
The site and this page

This was very helpful, I am in 11th grade an in a Ap comp class were having to annotate columns and I cannot tell you how much easier it is now.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 04:22

HI ! lol te he 12

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 00:53

How is this different from Cliche? and why? (or are they synonyms)...

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 20:30

Cliche is an overused expression while Aphorism is a general truth.
Cliche examples:
"Everything happens for a reason"
"Thanks a lot"
"It's not you, it's me"
"You only live once"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:31

While aphorisms are statements of agreed truth, cliches are anything overused to the point of its meaning being nearly lost.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 03:54
i need an example with the

i need an example with the person who said, like the specific person who said it as if it is a well known quote, mainly because i am using this definition along with others and need a good example for literary definitions.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 23:11
i like it!

i like it!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/18/2011 - 05:36
yeah same

yeah same !

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 00:54

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