Calvino discussed two processes of imagination. My analogy is one that relates to the process of reading words on a page and being able to develop an image that the author was looking to convey. This is similar to someone reading a treasure map. Although thought of as a childish action, The reading and following of a treasure map is just like reading text and receiving an image. One must first work to read the map and follow its steps. Like the map guides the hunter, the words of the author guide the reader towards the image he or she is looking to convey. When the reader has developed the image, it is like he has found the treasure. He used his guide to find the ultimate prize, knowledge. “Brainstrips”, by Alan Bigelow, uses the images of the comics to guide the reader towards the ultimate meaning behind the piece.
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