Metaphysical conceit is an extended analogy that isn't based on a clear-cut similarity. For example, "business is like a toaster." Unlike most non-obvious analogies, a metaphysical conceit isn't immediately explained but is used to give structure or a recurring theme to a story. This can be used for comic effect as a joke with many punchlines. Alternatively, it can be an extended analogy that explains in detail why business is like a toaster. The analogy gives a structure or theme to the story.
|Definition||An analogy based on two things that are obviously dissimilar with no obvious similarity. |
|Value||Giving a story structure.
Making a story non-obvious at the start to capture attention.Establish a familiar theme that allows an audience to easily follow.Use as a comedic device such as a callback whereby the same joke is given multiple punchlines or variations.|
|Notes||Avoid cliches such as "business is like war"Comedy is key, even if you intend to explain that the analogy has a serious meaning.
Metaphysical conceit is often an analogy between an abstract concept and a physical thing.|
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