The other day, I was watching a silent movie from the 1920’s called Metropolis. It lasted for over an hour, and I was surprised that it kept me interested despite not having any words or sounds, just the occasional line on the screen. The movie was full of symbolism, both, religious and political, and reflected many trends of the time. I was glued to it, at one point. Then, I started thinking, what is it about this silent movie that captivated my attention?
Soon, I understood, it was the symbolism throughout, despite no words. Then, I thought that this same principle is applied in writing. In writing, when words don’t suffice, a writer must use symbolism to keep the reader interested. A writer must keep the reader discovering.
This certainly brought a new awareness to my writing, and the funny part is that it came from a silent movie.