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Metaphor in The Fallacy of Success

Metaphor Examples in The Fallacy of Success:

G. K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success"

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"But what shall we say of the gospel preached..."   (G. K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success")

Chesterton continues to view the entrepreneurial landscape through a lens of religious language and metaphors. Comparing the previous generation of “Industrious Apprentice” with that of today, Chesterton discusses the differing “gospel[s] preached” to the two. For the prior generation, it was “Good work will not make him a rich man, but good work may make him a good workman.” For the new generation, the gospel of “Success” motivates the workman to rise “not by his virtues, but avowedly by his vices.” For Chesterton, such language is important not for its religious connotations, but as a shorthand through which to discuss values and ethics.

"an ecstasy of priestcraft,..."   (G. K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success")

Chesterton crafts an original phrase here—an “ecstasy of priestcraft.” “Ecstasy” refers to a state of immense joy, literally an out-of-body experience. “Priestcraft” refers to the functions performed by clergy. Chesterton suggests that the “Success” mongers relate to their millionaire idols with the same crazed joy with which priests relate to their God and the attendant mysteries of divinity.

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