Upon the defeat of an army in battle, a trumpeter was taken prisoner. The soldiers were about to put him to death, when he cried, " Nay, gentlemen, why should you kill me? I do not fight," said he; "I only blow this instrument, and surely that cannot harm you. This hand of mine is guiltless of a single life." " Yes," replied the soldiers ; " but with that braying instrument of yours you incite others, and you must share the same fate as they."
"Words may be deeds."
1. The theme of this story deals with __________.
a. the conduct of a wartime musician
b. punishment for soldiering
c. individual responsibility in wartime
d. treatment of prisoners
e. a prisoner trumpeter
2. Calling the trumpet a braying instrument is a(n) _____.
My most curious question of the above two is 2, especially the difference between 'epithet' and 'metaphor'. In my opinion, 'metonymy' seems not to be the correct answer.
What is the difference between 'epithet' and 'metaphor'? Please, give me some explanations and examples.
P.S. What about the first question?