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    ...... the Hawthorne Works ...... was the scene of ......

    In the mid-1920's the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company
    was the scene of an intensive series of experiments investigating the effects
    that changes in working conditions would have on workers' performance.



    Question: Does the setence use metaphor?
    At first, I feel strange that the work is after all not equal to the scene.
    Afterwards, I can understand the meaning of the setence. Nevertheless
    I feel that the sentence maybe use a rhetoric?



    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: ...... the Hawthorne Works ...... was the scene of ......

    not a teacher

    The Hawthorne Works was the name of a large factory built by the Western Electric Company.
    Here, "scene" means the location or site of the activity described, a common usage of the term.
    There is no metaphor.

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    Re: ...... the Hawthorne Works ...... was the scene of ......

    Mr. JMurray:
    Oh... ... really thank you very much!
    Originally the word "scene" was somewhat misunderstood as "landscape" by me, so ... ...
    Thank you for helping me grasp the meaning of the setence. Thank you!

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    Re: ...... the Hawthorne Works ...... was the scene of ......

    not a teacher

    I'm glad my response was useful, dodonaomik, although normally you should just hit the "Like" rather than make a new post.
    However, as you have already bumped the thread, I'll add that a common use of "scene" with this meaning of "location" is "the scene of the crime".
    "The scene of the crime was a run-down house on the outskirts of town."

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