Metaphor and drama share an essence: transformation. A metaphor carries one world of meaning to another, enlarging what it comes to by what it brings along with it. What is at stake is a meaning, which is transformed to something quite beyond its original state.
Drama takes an action done by characters, and transforms it from the mundane to the meaningful, carrying meaning from the realm of its factuality to wider worlds. Seen this way, drama transforms all action to the act of understanding, of putting some sort of prop under mere fact, of supplying--by some combination of rational, imagistic, associative, and poetic means--context, explanation, cause, meaning, analogy, connection, relation.
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Larner, Daniel, "Comic Ritual in a Tragic World: Lessons in the Metaphor of Drama" (2004). Fairhaven Faculty Publications. Paper 4.