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Need an analogy

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:19 pm
by MookyMcD
Hands-on question here. I need an analogy for emotions rising up in a new place when they are pushed down in another. It's flirting on the edge of my brain, but I just can't come up with an example of a thing that gets displaced and rises or expands in one area when it's pushed down. Any suggestions?

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:57 pm
by DrG2
emptying an air mattress
kneading bread dough
anything floating in a liquid which has a person trying to climb on.
tying a partially filled balloon

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:55 pm
by MookyMcD
Thanks. I was walking my dog and thinking about this and went along the same lines of thought. Water is an important symbol throughout the book, too, so I think squeezing a half-full water balloon or pushing down on a waterbed is right in the ballpark.

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:39 am
by onceuponwednesday
Image

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:46 am
by cynfranks
The ocean. When a wave rises, water is pulled out in another place.

Or there is Whack-a-mole...

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:28 am
by mammamaia
i'm rooting for those well-armed moles!

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:49 pm
by MookyMcD
The funny thing is, she used whack-a-mole, and my comment was that the metaphor was too disjointed from the scene.

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:32 am
by bupaje
Well, sounds like you got an answer but for the heck of it how about (liquid themed)

-A syringe - you know how they suck the medicine out of one of those little bottles, and the syringe fills up while the bottle empties
-water pulled up a straw
-filling a cup from one of those office water cooler bottles (water fills cup, glub, glub, bottle level goes down)

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:44 am
by onceuponwednesday

Re: Need an analogy

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:15 am
by elle33
A frozen waterline? Those usually explode pretty violently if the pressure isn't relieved.

or

A fire hydrant to a fire-hose is a pressure transfer, but it's a strong one just the same. (Factor in the additional power of the pump on the truck)