How will it be decoded?
Take a look at the following sentences:
- He drank the bottle. [Did he kill himself by doing so? No! He actually drank the liquid in the bottle]
- He reads Shakespeare. [Is it really possible to read Shakespeare? No! He is not a book; in reality, a copy of one of his masterpieces is referred to]
- The world will know that… . [The world doesn’t possess any cognitive abilities that may enable it to understand or hold information. Actually, people will know…. ]
- He hates the crown. [Does a person really hate a crown?Maybe! But what if it’s used to refer to a person, maybe a monarch]
What is this literary device called? Metonymy
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