Originating in Latin figure, the notion of figure It can be used in multiple contexts and with different meanings. A figure is, among other things, the appearance or external appearance of a body or object, through which one can distinguish against others. In a similar sense, every statue, sculpture or work of art that reproduces the characteristic forms of animals or figures is known as mens , and to the drawing that reflects human bodies.
For example: “The model seduced everyone present with her slender figure”, “The figure of the Spanish king is the favorite of tourists who approach the museum”, "In this figure, the body of man has been asymmetric".
In relation to art we can express that we also use this term in the field of Literature. In this specific case, what is spoken of is rhetorical figures that are those resources that the poet in question uses to exalt or give greater expression to what his emotions or feelings are.
Among the main literary figures are, for example, allegory or simile. The latter is a resource through which two elements are related with the clear objective of "marking" the similarities or differences between them.
In the same way, we can not ignore other figures as would be the case of prosopopeya that is often used in the field of fables and tales because it consists of attributing a series of human characteristics or abilities to both animals and diverse inanimate beings.
The hyperbole, which is used to establish an exaggerated view of some concrete aspect of reality, or the metaphor, with which a comparison is made between two elements, are other of the most used literary figures. The latter, in particular, can be shown through examples such as the following: "the clouds are like cottons from our sky", "your teeth are like pearls" or "your horses are golden".
The antithesis, alliteration, asyndeton, oxymoron or synesthesia add to the long list of existing rhetorical and literary figures that are used by writers to underline their words for emotion or poetry.
The figure, on the other hand, is called sticks which, in a deck of cards, represent people . Therefore, it must be said that the king, the horse and the jack are figures.
In the geometry , a figure is a line or a set of lines that meet the objective of representing an object. It is also called figure to the surface delimited by closed lines (like a square or a rectangle). Musical notation, on the other hand, knows how to figure sign of a note or a silence.
That person who stands out in a certain activity is usually referred to as a figure: "Lionel Messi is the main figure in world football", "Tom Hanks, George Cloney and Antonio Banderas are some of the figures that participated in the shooting", “This team needs new figures to succeed”.
In this case, the concept of figure is used similarly to that of star (“Lionel Messi is the main star of world football”).