Exercise 3 of 10
Try to determine this proverb’s function, frame, and finish.
Expand each section by clicking the “+” to see how well you did.
“He who fears being conquered
is certain of defeat.”
What is the FUNCTION of this proverb?
This is a prediction proverb, because it describes the fate of those who fear.
What FRAME is this proverb built upon?
This proverb is built on a comparison frame because it is comparing the fates of those who fear being conquered with those who don’t.
What FINISH (or finishes) have been applied to this proverb?
This proverb has 2 finishes:
1) Alliterative. He who is an alliterative.
2) Wordplay Association. The author plays on the relationship between conquered and defeated. Fear leads to defeat, and thus, the loss of one’s country to invaders.
EXTRA CREDIT: What METAPHOR is this proverb built upon?
This proverb is built upon the metaphor: Fear is weakness.