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Verb1.literalise - make literal; "literalize metaphors"
construe, interpret, see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
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Part of what makes the Hunger Games books so effective is that they literalise the familiar drama of adolescence, translating the emotional assaults, peer pressure, cliques and the tortured rest into warfare.
Indeed, Bianca literalises Lars's impotence: she is as incapable of penetration, despite her perfectly engineered holes, as he is of penetrating.
The directness of the image (behold, the bloom) is in contrast to many of the earlier, partially concealed shots, and this progression from the obscure to the obvious literalises the experience -- from darkness to revelation, unknowing to knowing -- of watching the film itself.