Poor Paris did not know the mess he had gotten his city into! We still have modern-day Helens. However, ships have been replaced by paparazzi and magazine covers.
You try and try but never manage to achieve anything. Just like the Big Bad Wolf and the last piggy’s house in the story of The Three Little Pigs, huffing and puffing means that all your effort is useless. You hit a brick wall.
This is the case when your mom says that she has told you a thousand times but it’s only been ten on your count or when a suitor says he will bring you the moon (yeah, right?). Hyperbole is a figure of speech where things are deliberately exaggerated to stress a point.