Note: A special thanks to the folks at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/metaphor for the dictionary definition of today’s topic.
Oxford Dictionary defines the term Metaphor as follows:
1A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable:
“’I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression,” said Mark, who was fond of theatrical metaphors’
‘her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor’
1.1A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract:
‘the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering’
That being said, on with today’s discussion…
Metaphors add flair to what may be otherwise dull and lackluster prose. Let’s face it, when you are trying to show and not tell, adding a little spice to your wordage can reap dividends when using dialog and exposition to their fullest potential.
In Corona, I use very subtle metaphors to foreshadow future events with the story and how my Present Day characters deal with events that aren’t very Present Day.
In The Three Safeties, I use a time machine not only as a plot device to move back and forth between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Worlds but also as a metaphor for changing perspectives within the plot.
In Vessel, the use of certain metaphors within the plot allow for my main characters to transcend their surroundings and explore new ways of thinking and acting.
In Parallax, Space itself is a metaphor for Life and each light-year traveled is a step forward for my main characters and how they must adapt to new circumstances and grow from each experience.
What are your thoughts on using metaphors? Feel free to add to the discussion with your comments and remember that all of my books are available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback formats.
Personally, I’m a big fan of metaphors. In serious writing, they can make the reader think about a familiar thing in an unfamiliar way. In comedy, on the other hand, they can suddenly create an unexpected and amusing image in the reader’s mind. Mixed metaphors can also be hilarious, although not always intentionally. 🙂
Metaphors are the lemon twists in a prose cocktail. 🙂
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Great way to put it! 🙂
Thanks. Puns are usually my thing but one must expand the bag o’tricks. 🙂
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