Love's Labours Lost: Metaphor Analysis
The Princess' Hunt - The princess' hunt for a deer is successful and a metaphor of her success at Ferdinand's court. The deer is a symbol for the king, and the killing of it the killing of Ferdinand's oath when he falls in love with her.
The Nine Worthies - Included, not only to provide entertainment for the audience, The Nine Worthies and its mishaps were a metaphor by Shakespeare representing the men trying to win the women's love. Nothing turned out right in the play, just as nothing turned out as the men intended with the women they loved.
The King of Frances Death- This symbolizes that like life, the time for making mockery is done. The men, having broken their oaths, must receive judgement by the women that they love, much like a man must receive judgement by God upon his death. Also, this represents a shift in the plays mood from merriment to seriousness. It helps emphasize the importance of honor and trust in love.