we do not just talk about arguments in terms of war. “We can actually win and lose arguments. […] We attack his positions and we defend our own. We gain and lose ground. We plan and use strategies” (455). In other words, there is a verbal battle and the structure of an argument — attack, defense, counterattack, etc. — reflects this. All in all, the Argument is War metaphor structures the actions we perform in arguing.
The Argument as a Dance metaphor, on the contrary, guides people to “view arguments differently, experience them differently, carry them out differently, and talk about them differently” (455). In this framework, the participants are viewed as performers and the goal of the discourse is to perform in a balanced and aesthetic way.
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Royal Ballet on 05/11/2017
& Metaphors We Leave by George Lakoff