Tag: metaphor

  • Werewolves In Storytelling

    Werewolves In Storytelling

    I’ve previously taken a close look at wolves in literature, specifically in children’s stories. Werewolves are a separate archetype from wolves and play a different storytelling role. In folklore and fairytale, werewolves are lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time, alongside. dragons, serpents and related creatures.  THE HISTORY OF WEREWOLVES IN A NUTSHELL Werewolf […]

  • Passages, Hallways and Corridors in Art and Storytelling

    Passages, Hallways and Corridors in Art and Storytelling

    When storytellers focus on the hallways and passages of a building, look for metaphor. Take note of the width of the passageway: Narrow passages might represent the will to escape. Broad passages represent freedom and space. The tunnel is the naturally occurring equivalent of the manmade passage. In houses, the passages, hallways and corridors are…

  • Free Radicals by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Free Radicals by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    My reading of “Free Radicals” by Alice Munro (2008) is highly metaphorical. To me, this is a story about the Kubler-Ross stages of grief, and the new vulnerability older women feel when their male partner dies before them. Read literally, though, and this is the story of one woman’s brush with a serial murdering intruder…

  • A Very Brief History Of Science Fiction

    A Very Brief History Of Science Fiction

    WHAT IS SCIENCE FICTION? Along with fantasy, horrors and Westerns, science fiction is one of the highly metaphorical categories of story. THE UNIVERSAL EPIC Science Fiction is about human evolution, literally the universal epic. Science fiction stories often use the myth form, not only because myth is about the journey but also because myth is…

  • The Symbolism of Stairs And Attics

    The Symbolism of Stairs And Attics

    STAIRS Common-sense lives on the ground floor […] on the same level as the others, as the passers-by, who are never dreamers. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space See Symbolism of the Dream House for more on stairs and the places they connect. Beauty and the Beast Stairs = Ascent To Heaven This image is…

  • How To Write Powerful Metaphor

    How To Write Powerful Metaphor

    The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge attended lectures on chemistry to expand his ‘stock of metaphors’. Quite Interesting Around 1 in 8 words (i.e., 12,6% of all words) across different genres is used metaphorically. Steen, G. J., Dorst, A. G., Herrmann, J. B., Kaal, A. A., Krennmayr, T., & Pasma, T. (2010). A method for linguistic metaphor identification: From MIP to MIPVU. Amsterdam: John…

  • Black Dog by Pamela Allen Analysis

    Black Dog by Pamela Allen Analysis

    Black Dog by Pamela Allen (1991) is about a girl who actually neglects her dog, but learns not to by the end. A few weeks ago I took a close look at the much more recent picture book with a similar name, Blackdog by Levi Pinfold. In that, I interpret the black dog as agoraphobia…

  • Intertextuality of Into The Forest by Anthony Browne

    Intertextuality of Into The Forest by Anthony Browne

    Into The Forest by Anthony Browne is story book, part ‘toy book’. Young readers learn to look at pictures and search for intertextuality, as each illustration links to a well-known fairy tale. This makes the book popular for classroom use, along with the Shrek films and modern stories with fairy tales as ur-texts.

  • Homes and Symbolism In Film and Literature

    Homes and Symbolism In Film and Literature

    Homes are an outworking of the characters who live inside. Sometimes, in fiction, the house even seems to come alive in its own right. There exist sunny houses in which, at all seasons, it is summer, houses that are all windows. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space For my notes after reading Gaston Bachelard, see…

  • Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    House symbolism is an interesting way of looking at a story. Have you noticed that houses as depicted in Western picture books tend to look the same? Two storied, bedrooms upstairs, slightly untidy but still Pinterest-worthy? There’s a reason for this. Each part of a house is symbolically unique. Gaston Bachelard talks about this in his famous book on architecture and philosophy, The Poetics of Space.

  • Making Use Of The Miniature In Storytelling

    Making Use Of The Miniature In Storytelling

    Stories featuring vast size differentials are as old as storytelling itself. These differentials can be created in various different ways, and are much utilised across children’s stories in particular: A normal sized person pitted against a giant or ogre A normal sized person who enters a land in which everyone else is tiny or huge…

  • Allegory Equals Extreme Metaphor

    Allegory Equals Extreme Metaphor

    Allegory means, among many other things, that the characters, worlds, actions and objects in a work of fiction are 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 our…