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Need an analogy

Postby MookyMcD » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:19 pm

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?

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby DrG2 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:57 pm

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

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby MookyMcD » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:55 pm

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.

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby onceuponwednesday » Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:39 am

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby cynfranks » Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:46 am

The ocean. When a wave rises, water is pulled out in another place.

Or there is Whack-a-mole...
Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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i'm rooting for those well-armed moles!
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Re: Need an analogy

Postby MookyMcD » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:49 pm

The funny thing is, she used whack-a-mole, and my comment was that the metaphor was too disjointed from the scene.

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby bupaje » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:32 am

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)




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Re: Need an analogy

Postby onceuponwednesday » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:44 am

The Rule of Three

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Re: Need an analogy

Postby elle33 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:15 am

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)

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