Allegory = Extreme Metaphor

What Does Allegory Mean? Allegorical means, among many other things, that the characters, worlds, actions and objects are, of necessity, highly metaphorical. That doesn’t mean they aren’t unique or created by the writer. It means the symbols have references that echo against previous symbols, often deep in the audience’s mind. Allegorical also means ‘applicable to …

What’s The Difference Between Allegory and Symbolism?

Here’s the problem with symbols: people expect them to mean something. Not just any something, but one something in particular…It doesn’t work like that. Oh, sure, there are some symbols that work straightforwardly: a white flag means, I give up, don’t shoot. Or it means, We come in peace. See? Even in a fairly clear-cut …

Fairytales and Modern Storytelling

This is my collection of fairytale links. I’m interested in fairytales from a writing perspective — how do fairytales help us to create new, contemporary stories? TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF FAIRYTALES the “serene, anonymous” voice in which it’s told the “conventional, stock figures” who inhabit it. This is according to American poet …