Most metaphors are obvious, as when Buckingham speaks of Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII:
"This butcher’s cur is venomed-mouthed, and I
Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore best
Not wake him in his slumber."
But Shakespeare sometimes more subtly invoked metaphor through the selective choice of vocabulary. One example occurs in Henry IV, Part One. The king excoriates his son for his degenerate life, wasted in taverns with drunks and prostitutes. His long-winded tirade concludes by thrusting the cruelest dagger a father can...
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John McGinnis