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A Ticket to Cautionary Tale-land

One centerpiece skill for many students this year will be the use of metaphors. If one thinks back, images of comparisons and distinctions from those of similes no doubt arise. But it's important to consider the origin of the word

metaphor Look up metaphor at Dictionary.com
1530s, from M.Fr. metaphore, from L. metaphora, from Gk. metaphora "a transfer," especially of the sense of one word to a different word, lit. "a carrying over," from metapherein "transfer, carry over," from meta- "over, across" (see meta-) + pherein "to carry, bear" (see infer). Related: Metaphoricmetaphoricalmetaphorically.

When using metaphor the concept of transfer is particularly salient; it is after all, an attempt at reshaping reality through language. The poetic aspects of this have been forced upon students for generations and the clip below takes a simplistic, but striking take on the metaphor. Metaphors are similar to many linguistic devices in that if they are presented in a clear, committed manner an austere power presents itself. Joe Hill's excellent "Locke & Key" series is one such example. 

This short video by FableVision not only thoroughly applies a metaphor to the utmost, it employs the metaphor in service of the story. After all, it is important to remember that if one gets a "ticket to metaphor-land" the destination should clearly listed. If not, get another ticket. 

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