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Visual Metaphor in Yona of the Dawn

Visual metaphor doesn’t have to be complex or esoteric to be beautiful. In fact, some of the most affecting uses of the technique are quite obvious, with the simplicity of the connection between sign and signifier adding to the work’s profundity. What this simplicity may cost a work in nuanced storytelling, it can more than make up for in clarity of meaning and purpose. Eastern fantasy shoujo manga Yona of the Dawn provides us with one such example of clean, straightforward visual metaphor: Yona’s relationship with her hair.

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