THE USE OF METAPHOR IN BARACK OBAMAS INAUGURATION SPEECH

Faizal Risdianto

Abstract


This study is aimed to elaborate the uniqueness of Barack Obamas inaugural speech when he has been sworn in as the 44th US president at 20 January 2009. This research is a (qualitative) bibliographical study. The object of the study is the analysis of the use of metaphor in Barrack Obamas speech. There are 23 sentences chosen to represent all the metaphorical sentences of Obamas speech being the object of the study. Having analyzed the data by the perspective of George Lakoff and Johnsons conceptual metaphor, the researcher can draw a conclusion that Obama has effectively and creatively used metaphorical expressions in convincing his people about his future plans. His remarkable speech discussing how to solve the great scale of the economic mess that now confronts the US and the common feeling of the loss of national self-confidence.

Keywords


metaphor, source domain, target domain, inauguration speech.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15294/lc.v10i2.5716

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