oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Women writers' use of metaphor as gender rhetoric in discourse on HIV/AIDS and sex-related issues : the case of by Zimbabwe Women Writers

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



This chapter, in the broad sense, deals with the relationship between language use and culture. Specifically, the chapter examines the type of language or linguistic expressions that a group of Zimbabwe women writers use in relation to HIV/AIDS and sexâ??related issues in their Shona short stories in the anthology . The women writers in this anthology do not refer to HIV/AIDS and sexâ??related issues directly, but do so using metaphors to a large extent and similes, euphemisms and proverbs, to a less extent, hence this study's focus on metaphors. It is apparent from the language the women writers use in the short stories that Shona culture promotes indirectness.

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