Metonymy and the Steelers
From Literary Theory:
"There is no literary 'literary' device--metonymy, synecdoche, litotes, shiasmus and so on--which is not quite intensively used in daily discourse" (Eagleton 5).
I'll admit that I had to look up all the words in this sentence almost, but the one that appealed to me the most was "metonymy." The definition of the word "metonymy" is "a trope which substitutes the name of an entity with something else that is closely associated with it" (Hamilton 41). With Super Bowl XLIII fast approaching, and my hometown team partaking in the action, I cannot help but draw some parallels between what I have learned and the Pittsburgh Steelers. To anyone watching the game on Febuary 1st, the "steel curtain" is a metonymic synonym for the "Steelers' defense." The "Steeler fans" are known as the "Steeler nation." The Steelers' quarterback, "Ben Rothlisberger," is sometimes called by his nickname "Big Ben." The former Steeler player known as "The Bus" is Jerome Bettis. And the late Steeler defensive end, multiple Super Bowl winner, and former Seton Hill board member (and the sole reason that I visited this small school) Dwight White was known by the metonymic synonym "Mad Dog."
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