Figurative vs. Literal Language: Which Is More Beneficial?

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I wrote this paper for my English 2 class to help me navigate the process of opening my Etsy art and crafts store. The store is called ‘Foxes N’ Things’ and will feature fox art for fox fanatics like me. I hope that it will help other teen entrepeneurs.

Gorgeous scenery decorated with fluttering butterflies, or a blue canvas with butterflies created with oil paint? Which drew you in more: the vivid figurative depiction or the literal explanation? Figurative language may urge a customer of handcrafts to purchase because of the stirring description, however, literal language must be written for the consumer to know what theyโ€™re buying. What is more beneficial to a hand-crafter and a customer: figurative language, literal language, or a combination?

The definitions of figurative and literal language are the exact opposite of each other. Figurative language โ€œappeals to the sensesโ€. It vibrantly illustrates an image in the readerโ€™s mind using metaphors, similes, personification, and hyperboles. In particular, figurative language is seen in fantasy, science-fiction and other genres. In contrast, literal language is factual and accurate; it uses a wordโ€™s definite meaning. For instance, literal language is found in scientific writings, economic reports, and more. How would these two languages apply to descriptions of handcrafted products? I asked the opinions of two Etsy crafters to see what they preferred and why.

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