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"Cold" in Literature: Metaphor, Style, Behavior Model

Student: Olga Shurupova

Supervisor: Georg Wilhelm Heinrich Witte

Faculty: School of Arts and Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The research paper is devoted to the study of the metaphor of cold in Thomas Bernhard’s novel “Frost”. The "negative" elements of nature and landscapes such as cold, homelessness, fear are interpreted. Moreover, the motifs of cold such as ice, freezing, snow, winter landscapes are analyzed in a literal sense. It is concluded that Thomas Bernhard, using the metaphor of cold, destroys the image of an idyllic and beautiful nature. The destructive forces of storm, cold, snow and ice represent in the novel death, gloom, fear, spiritual and cultural destruction. The metaphor of frost is a symbol of loneliness, estrangement, hostility of nature and the state of mind and internal reflection of the characters.

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