The Impact of Visual Metaphor Complexity in Print Advertisement on the Viewer’s Comprehension and Attitude
Communication and Linguistics Studies
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 6-9
Received: Sep. 17, 2019; Accepted: Dec. 25, 2019; Published: Jan. 17, 2020
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Wafa Chakroun, English Department, Higher Institute of Human Sciences in Medenine, Medenine, Tunisia
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Visual rhetoric is considered a powerful tool of persuasion. It is widely used in political discourse, poetry and advertising language. This study tackles the topic of visual metaphor in print advertisements. It examines visual metaphor complexity on the viewer’s comprehension and attitude. It uses Phillips and Mc Quarrie’s classification of visual metaphor which offers an accurate classification of the different types of visual rhetoric. It distinguishes two dimensions, namely; visual structure and meaning operation. The former refers to the nature of the relation between the two pictures in comparison while visual structure refers to the way the relevant pictures are placed together. The combinations of the two dimensions result in nine types of visual metaphor which are: Juxtaposition/connection, juxtaposition/similarity, juxtaposition/opposition, fusion/connection, fusion/similarity, fusion/opposition, replacement/connection, replacement/similarity and replacement/opposition. The main findings show that complex and rich visual metaphors are more difficult to understand and are not positively perceived by the viewers. In fact, viewers of visual metaphor enjoy solving incongruity and are willing to devote extra efforts in understanding and processing visual metaphor. However, a complex and rich visual metaphor is not very appealing as their complexity will lead the viewers to opt out from enjoying and processing visual metaphor incongruity.
Visual Metaphor, Visual Structure, Meaning Operation, Comprehension, Attitude
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Wafa Chakroun, The Impact of Visual Metaphor Complexity in Print Advertisement on the Viewer’s Comprehension and Attitude, Communication and Linguistics Studies. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020, pp. 6-9. doi: 10.11648/j.cls.20200601.12
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