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 …

The Three Types of Symbolism

Ah, symbolism. A key to understanding texts. Also immensely irritating, and an excellent way to alienate keen readers from the close reading of texts. I’ve learned to appreciate a good symbol, but it wasn’t always thus. Pretty sure I snorted in recognition when the following meme was first doing the rounds: I also really despise …

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 …