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    Second person & metaphor help

    Hi there.
    I'm deconstructing a text that's written in second person.
    Was wondering what I would call the "you" character.
    Would I say the reader or the persona (but I'm thinking maybe that's only for visual texts and not for second person texts) or something completly different.
    Also,
    With the line "You're Drowning in the sunshine" is it a metaphor? I was thinking more along the lines of personification but I think I'm starting to confuse myself, maybe it's both.

    Thank you tremendously!

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    Re: Second person & metaphor help

    Quote Originally Posted by petales.sur.un.reve View Post
    Hi there.
    I'm deconstructing a text that's written in second person.
    Was wondering what I would call the "you" character.
    the reader, the addressee

    Would I say the reader or the persona (but I'm thinking maybe that's only for visual texts and not for second person texts) or something completly different.
    You can write in your introduction something like this:
    This text is written in the second person. The author addresses a fictional "you" (hereafter referred to as 'the reader').
    You could call 'you' 'the persona' if you want to use 'the reader' in its usual meaning - as long as the reader (your marker) understands what you mean - hence the explanatory sentence.

    Also,
    With the line "You're Drowning in the sunshine" is it a metaphor? I was thinking more along the lines of personification but I think I'm starting to confuse myself, maybe it's both.
    There's no personification here. What is being personified?
    It's a metaphor. You're referring to the sunshine metaphorically as something that a person could drown in.

    Thank you tremendously!
    R.

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