In the movie Network (1976) the infamous speech contains the words
I'm as mad as hell...
Shouldn't it be
I'm mad as hell...
I don't know why, but it really bothers me hearing an extra 'as'. Which from is grammatically correct?
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Well it bothers you because you're used to hearing the shortened spoken version. Traditional grammar calls for that "as" construction to be composed, in its full compliment, as such:
(Subject) as X as Y
You might recognize it in this example:
He is as mad as she (is).
Note the awkwardness:
He is mad as she.
In fact, this nearly changes the meaning (He is mad, as she), implying that he is crazy and so is she - not the either is upset.
In the Network speech, he is as mad as Hell - giving agency to the metaphorical place of Hell, a fiery pit of eternal suffering and damnation; were Hell a Being, I'm sure it would be mad, and that is his current level of, let's call it, (non) amusement.