The Symbolism Of Altitude

Hills and valleys, cliffs, mountains — altitude in story is highly symbolic. When creating a story, remember to vary the altitude as much as you’d vary any other setting. Something weird happens when humans position ourselves in high places. High place phenomenon is that weird urge you get to jump off a bridge. I don’t get …

Jack And The Beanstalk History and Symbolism

Jack and the Beanstalk is also known as Jack The Giant Killer, which kind of ruins the ending, so no wonder they changed it. The first version to appear in print was by a London bookseller called Benjamin Tabart. This was in 1807. There are hundreds and hundreds of versions of this story, so I’ll …

Ponyo by Miyazaki Symbolism and Structure

Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo is a feature-length anime which makes heavy use of  myth and symbolism but is aimed squarely at a young child audience.   I love the kanji for cliff because it actually looks like what it is. Dani Cavallaro, in Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A Critical Study describes Ponyo as ‘an intimate bildungsroman’ …