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Friday, June 15, 2012

Compose Metaphors

A tree is often used as a symbol or metaphor of growth and life as we saw in the last sequence. However, in reverse, it can also impact story by exposing lies and shadows. Fairy tales and folk tales are rich with living images in all forms. Scriptures too remind us that choices spread beyond immediate actions.

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay.” Romans 8: 20-21 NRSV

In the opening of the movie Penelope, as the curse is laid upon the family for their refusal to take responsibility for their actions, the tree is the courtyard falls into immediate decay as well. Yet it doesn’t die. Instead it remains as a visual image reminding the family and others of the curse. Even if they try to pretend it doesn’t exist, the tree stands in judgment as a silent metaphor.

And it raises the question as to why are women willing to marry into this family? Do they not believe in the curse or do they not care? What metaphor warning could your character not see or acknowledge?  Or what warning does she represent to others? Silent metaphors woven into your setting can speak in volumes.

Journal Prompt:

Brainstorm a list of possible plants or trees, or other growing vegetation that could be a metaphor for loss to your protagonist and then be restored at the end of his ordeal.

Share: Which one did you choose? Why

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