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IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(1): 5-10 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.1.141

The Political Metaphor in the Mirror Worlds: Narrative Structure and Identity in The Man in the High Castle

Yanping Gao

Abstract—Science fiction always embodies the author's understanding and introspection of human history, present and future in varying degrees, so do the works of Philip K. Dick, particularly The Man in the High Castle. In this book, he overheads the history and narrates a different story from the real. Also, he embeds the Mise en abyme in the virtual story in the book and shows a third space free from the historical reality and fiction. The parallel operation of the triple worlds constitutes the narrative structure of the text. The high castle world in the book reverses the history and provides a background and living environment for the characters in the novel, and the dominantly national model in this world is the political-ethnic power hierarchy which, to a large extent, influences the subject's construction and identity. However, these triple worlds contain a common political metaphor, that is to say: the reproduction and imagination of utopia of the history or future -always contain a potential danger of simulation of the Metacolonization.

Index Terms—The Man in the High Castle, mise en abyme, outsider, metacolonization, political metaphor.

Yanping Gao is with the Chinese Language and Literature Department in the school of Humanities and Social Science in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (e-mail: yanpinggaoecnu@foxmail.com).


Cite:Yanping Gao, "The Political Metaphor in the Mirror Worlds: Narrative Structure and Identity in The Man in the High Castle," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 5-10, 2018.

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