Document Type


Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


English Literature

Committee Chair

Donald W. Cummings

Second Committee Member

John Herum

Third Committee Member

Tom Blanton


Achieving insight through the understanding of a metaphor is not a process of losing one's subjectivity, ego, or selfhood, but is the uniting of that subjectivity, ego, or selfhood with what was thought to be, without insight, an external object. It is an imaginative advancement to the realization that what was thought to be external to ourselves is now part of ourselves. Thus it is a dissolving of the subject-object dichotomy and a unification and fulfilling of ourselves with our environment. It increases not only our understanding of the interrelationships of what we perceive as real but also enlarges our concept of reality.