Exercise 10 of 10

Try to determine this proverb’s function, frame, and finish.
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“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”

What is the FUNCTION of this proverb?

This proverb predicts where to look for genius.

What FRAME is this proverb built upon?

This proverb is built on a comparison frame because it compares the properties of a cracked pot versus a whole one.

What FINISH (or finishes) have been applied to this proverb?

This proverb has two finishes:

1) Wordplay: Substitution: The author plays on the term crackpot, which is typically associated with an eccentric or a foolish person. By substituting a crackpot (person) with a cracked pot, (container) the author is making the case that genius is more often found in imperfections.

2) Wordplay: Conviction: Unlike the previous proverb’s use of never as a conviction, the author tempers his advice by suggesting that genius is found more often–as opposed to always–in imperfections.

EXTRA CREDIT: What METAPHOR is this proverb built upon?

This proverb is based on the metaphor: Genius is discoverable.