Friday, June 11, 2010

More on Metaphor in "Cathedral" and the Bloggernacle

In my last post I introduced the idea of comparing the metaphors in the names of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" and the Bloggernacle. The table below is a graphic organizer of my ideas, but some basic definitions are necessary to fully understand it.

  • Tablerncale: the tent-like sanctuary the Israelites built as a dwelling place for God where they could go to communicate with Him. According to Wikipedia, also known as "The Tent of Meeting." OR According to Merriam Webster, in the catholic tradition the tabernacle is "a receptacle for the consecrated elements of the Eucharist; especially : an ornamental locked box used for reserving the Communion hosts"

  • Communion: according to Merriam Webster, "an act or instance of sharing" OR "intimate fellowship or rapport : communication OR "Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant

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  1. You could also look at the need for "communion" or communication as something paramount to other needs. Reading your metaphors examining the cathedral to the biblical tabernacle, I started thinking a bit about the early Mormons and their sacrifices to build temples. I would suggest that tabernacles, in the biblical sense, relates more to the modern interpretation of temples than the actual tabernacle in Temple Square does. In that respect, communication (with God or others) is a vital part of existance and worth the sacrifice of anything for its accomplishment.

    I like the metaphors, though. Keep it up.

  2. Allison's comment is excellent. The utility of your mapping out these metaphors might just be in taking you toward such realizations (the sanctity of communion/communication; a comparison between the group-based communion in a religious context and the one-on-one based communication of a more intimate if secular setting).