Galileo Metaphors and Similes

Galileo Metaphors and Similes

What’s new? (Metaphor)

Mother wanted me to have a look-see, find out what’s cooking in the world and all that.

When Ludovico comes to Galileo, he honestly admits that he is not really interested in anything at all. It is his mother’s idea to send him away, so that he could see “what’s cooking in the world ” by the means of learning about new cultures and inventions.

Begging (Metaphor)

A man like me can only get a halfway decent job by crawling on his belly.

If Galileo would be the one whose distinction is to prove Aristotle correct, he would definitely be rich and successful. Being a supporter of the Copernicus system, he has to put up with numerous inconveniences. One of them is not a very decent salary, which means that he has to ask, almost beg, “ crawling on his belly ” in order to get a higher salary.

Intelligence (Metaphor)

If Aristotle is going to be dragged in the mud – that’s to say an authority recognized not only by every classical scientist but also by the chief fathers of the church – than any prolonging of this discussion is in my view waste of time.

When one of the men says that that Aristotle “ is going to be dragged in the mud ”, he means that any hesitation and any remark, which questions his theory means violation of Aristotle’s memory. He says that Galileo is just being disrespectful.

Blind (Simile)

Faced with the stars we are like dull-eyed worms that ca n hardly see at all.

When Galileo says that people are just “ like dull-eyed worms that can hardly see at all,” he indicates the striking similarity between them. Although people have eyes, they just don’t use them, they watch, but don’t try to understand. They could as well be blind like worms and nothing would probably change.

Cramp-minded (Simile)

Our cities are cramped, and so are men’s minds.

Galileo says that people’s minds are narrow, because many of them just don’t want to ask questions and think. He finds that men’s minds are as “ cramped ” as cities. According to him, education can definitely help to make men’s mind more flexible.

Over-crowded (Simile)

This place is getting like a pigeon loft.

A lot of visitors come to Galileo’s place to have a look at his telescope and the discoveries he has made. The number of them is so impressive that Andrea start thinking that the room “ is getting like a pigeon loft,” a dusty, little place, where a lot of people and objects are cramped

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