Exercise 9 of 10
Try to determine this proverb’s function, frame, and finish.
Expand each section by clicking the “+” to see how well you did.
“Never mistake achievement for activity.”
What is the FUNCTION of this proverb?
This proverb prescribes a successful method of determining the true output of a process.
What FRAME is this proverb built upon?
This proverb is built on a comparison frame that compares achievement to activity. It reminds us that just because the bees are busy, it doesn’t mean that they are actually achieving anything.
What FINISH (or finishes) have been applied to this proverb?
This proverb has two finishes:
1) Conviction: This proverb has strong conviction by the use of the word never. There’s no ambiguity in the advice.
2) Negation: The author chose to make the point negatively (never) as opposed to positively (always).
EXTRA CREDIT: What METAPHOR is this proverb built upon?
This proverb is built on the metaphor: activity isn’t achievement.