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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, once a year a person from town as to be sacrifice for a good harvest. Kids gather stones and put them in their pockets and they head towards the center of the town with the other villagers. As they gather around Mr. Summers brings a black box, in this box it is filled with many papers. Only one paper has a black dot. This dot will determine the family that would be chosen to be sacrifice. Wait I am not quite done, if a family is chosen they would have to draw again between each other to see who in the family would be stoned to death....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]
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Symbolism within in A Worn Path - ... In mythology the Phoenix is a bird born from ashes and lives from years on years until dying and then being reincarnated from its own ashes. The Phoenix can represent renewal and longevity. Phoenix Jackson's feet can be represented as the difficulties and obstacles in her life being black in Post-Cilvil War America. In the article "'A Warn Path' Analysis," the author declares: “Phoenix wears her hair tied up in a rag and running underneath her skin in a golden color" (1). The author uses this to emphasize how some of Jackson’s physical appearances are similar to the Phoenix....   [tags: symbolism, onjects, events]
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Symbolism In Pillars of the Earth - As most proficient authors are aware, the process of developing themes within a work of literature is one of the most important duties of a writer. Authors have numerous methods available to them for this task, including devices such as symbolism. Ken Follett, author of The Pillars of the Earth, uses symbolism frequently throughout his novel (which is set in 12th century England and follows the dramatic events surrounding the construction of a cathedral). Follett employs several symbols, including the cathedral, the English monarchy, and fire, to aid him in conveying themes concerning the power of faith in achieving one’s goals....   [tags: Ken Follet, meaninglessness, symbolism] 727 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Use of Symbolism - Nathaniel Hawthorne is a prominent writer who uses many different elements in his works. He uses elements such as symbolism, figurative language, metaphor, irony and etc. to make his work prominent. In the works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses symbols for secret sin in The Scarlet Letter, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” As seen in The Scarlet letter, the symbol for secret sin is the Scarlet letter “A.” The “A” represents the sin in which Hester commits adultery with the town’s minister, Dimmesdale....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Symbolism, ] 479 words
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Henrik Ibsen’s Symbolism in A Doll House - ... Throughout the play secrecy is noticeably the biggest issue between each of the characters. Henrik Ibsen decides to use the locked mailbox to exemplify secrecy and control. The letters convey the secrets that are wished to be kept hidden, and symbolize the reality of the characters’ actions (Visual Metaphors and Performance). The Helmer’s marriage begins to suffer in Act II because of Torvald’s inability to treat Nora as his equal. Instead of seeing Nora as his companion, he sees her as his prize and possession....   [tags: symbolism, nora]
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Symbolism in Macbeth: Dagger, Ghosts, and Threes - Throughout the play "Macbeth" there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant throughout the play. Of the many I will discuss the importance of The number three, the dagger, and Banquo's ghost.They are all always lingering in the play but not expressed in literal terms. A symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning These symbols role in "Macbeth" are to provide a greater meaning to the play. Shakespeare has been known for creating plays that are enjoyable to read, the language is not so difficult once you are familiar with it....   [tags: Symbolism, Macbeth, Shakespeare, ] 1183 words
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Symbolism Within the Bell Jar Novel - Sylvia Plath’s novel, “The Bell Jar”, tells a story of a young woman’s descent into mental illness. Esther Greenwood, a 19 year old girl, struggles to find meaning within her life as she sees a distorted version of the world. In Plath’s novel, different elements and themes of symbolism are used to explain the mental downfall of the book’s main character and narrator such as cutting her off from others, forcing her to delve further into her own mind, and casting an air of negativity around her. Plath uses images of rotting fig trees and veils of mist to convey the desperation she feels when confronted with issues of her future....   [tags: sylvia plath, symbolism, bell jar]
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Robert Ross Symbolism in The Wars Book - Robert Ross is a sensitive, private boy; last person you would expect to sign up to fight in World War One. In The Wars by Timothy Findley, symbols are used in conjunction with Ross’ story to cause readers to reflect on symbols in their own lives, and to allow then to dive deeper into the world of an innocent boy who is placed into a cruel war. The various symbols in The Wars provide for a graphic and reflective reading experience by emphasizing Robert’s connection with nature, his past, and his experiences during the war....   [tags: timothy findley, symbolism, robert ross]
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An Analysis of Symbolism and Irony in Three Short Stories - The usage of symbolism and irony to communicate theme is an imperative tool in short stories. These eloquent writing techniques clarify and embellish the reader’s interpretations while also keeping the story interesting and slightly mysterious. The authors of the short stories “August Heat,” “The Story of an Hour,” and “Through the Tunnel” all weave carefully constructed webs of these two techniques to assist in revealing theme to the reader. To begin, author William Fryer Harvey spins an intricate tale of the prominence of flaws in times of stress through his work “August Heat.” The entire story is stitched together with irony and symbolism, all of which point toward the untimely death of...   [tags: symbolism, irony, august heat] 708 words
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Symbolism of the Bear in the Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini - Throughout history bears are used to symbolize strength, protection, and bravery because of their protective instincts and powerful bodies. In The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, Baba is usually reference to the bear. He is a well-respected business man in Kabul. Baba is seen to be very moral and powerful. He lost his wife during the birth of his son, Amir which is easily bullied by the other children of the neighborhood, because he is too afraid to stand up to the other children. Baba worries that if Amir cannot handle himself as a child, he would not be able to handle himself as an adult....   [tags: symbolism, resemblance, growth, strength] 712 words
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Symbolism in Macbeth: Blood, Weather, Light and Darkness, - There are many symbols used in Macbeth that help us to better understand the play. In the following paragraphs I will explain them in depth. There are four symbols that I will discuss below, they are light and darkness it represents the good and bad things that take place throughout the play. The second symbolism is blood. The blood represents murder and guilt like the blood on the dagger and the blood on Lady Macbeth's hand. The weather represents the different tragedies that take place and another symbolism is the dead children....   [tags: macbeth, symbolism, shakespeare,] 1097 words
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The Symbolism and Transformation of Gregor’s Bug Body in The Metamorphosis - In The Metamorphosis Kafka illustrates a grotesque story of a working salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking up one day to discover that his body resembles a bug. Through jarring, almost unrealistic narration, Kafka opens up the readers to a view of Gregor’s futile and disappointing life as a human bug. By captivating the reader with this imaginary world Kafka is able to introduce the idea that Gregor’s bug body resembles his human life. From the use of improbable symbolism Kafka provokes the reader to believe that Gregor turning into a bug is realistic and more authentic compared to his unauthentic life as a human....   [tags: Franz Kafka, impractical symbolism]
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Deliver Us From Evil Symbolism Analysis - Kathryn Polk’s prints reference a lot of memories she dealt with throughout her life. As shown in most of her artwork, you can see numerous symbolic images in her compositions. Each symbolic image holds a lot of meaning and importance to her work and vision. There are many events that influence and inspire her art like, music, friends, family, and memories. All of these different aspects of her life helped her develop each prints, expressing her ideas. She also inspires other artists through her unique techniques and skills that make her artwork differ from others....   [tags: kathryn polk, symbolism, artwork]
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Symbolism and the Power of Three in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century Middle English alliterative romance about the adventure of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's Knight of the Round Table. This great verse is praised not only for its complex plot and rich language, but also for its sophisticated use of symbolism. Symbolism is a technique used in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to give a significance to the plot. The Green Knight, the Green Sash, and Sir Gawain's Shield are three of the most prominent symbols given to us in this verse....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, symbolism, ]
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Symbolism and Realism - Symbolism and Realism Symbolism and Realism were distinct but parallel literary movements that swept Europe and much of the world in the late 19th century. Social order was one of the main concerns of Symbolists and Realists, which reflects the unprecedented growth of the middle class and its values across Europe during that time period. Morality and ambition were homogenized – and, in some cases, institutionalized – to a degree never before seen in civilized society, and many intellectuals and artists saw this homogenization as a conformist social force that threatened individual perspective....   [tags: Symbolism Realism Literature Essays] 1261 words
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An Analysis of Symbolism between a Father and his Son in William Shakespeare’s Play - During the course of his plays, Shakespeare uses symbolism to portray his life, time period and messages he wants to get across to the audience. For example, many individuals in his time were not fond of his work and his response is used in his plays in the form of symbolism. Furthermore, symbolism is used to enhance the meaning of what is essentially being described. Moreover, Shakespeare utilizes symbolism in Henry IV, Part 1 to foreshadow the play and to guarantee that the Prince of Wales will shine like the sun and start a new era and become the new king like he was destined to be....   [tags: Henry IV, shakespeare, symbolism]
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How does symbolism enhance the drama in A View From The Bridge? - How does symbolism enhance the drama in A View From The Bridge. Symbolism is a physical object or reference used to provide meaning to a piece of writing. Symbolism enhances the drama in A View From The Bridge because it increases the tension between the characters, as well as highlights key themes. Symbolism is a very important element as it enhances the plot. There are a large amount of symbols that create tension such as: high heels, the chair, the knife, the cigar, the paper doll and homosexuality....   [tags: symbolism, sexuality, power]
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Symbolism in The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - Many novels have used symbolism to express certain feelings and emotions in discreet ways. What is symbolism. "The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships" (Dictionary.com). Numerous authors use the same denotations to illustrate different thoughts or ideas. Mark Twain uses various symbols, such as the river and the land to expose freedom and trouble in his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....   [tags: Literature Huck Finn Symbolism] 1228 words
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Colors and Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Symbolism is the use of symbols to supply things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by an existing object. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colours are used to symbolize a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. Colours, such as green, white are used to find ones true feelings; while others use colours to hide their true persona. Colour symbolism is used to convey a deeper message to the readers and help us understand the characters true colours. The color green in the novel The Great Gatsby symbolizes different choices Jay Gatsby makes throughout his lifetime....   [tags: Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, symbolism] 1296 words
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Symnbolism in the Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan - Symbolism is when authors use items to signify certain ideas by giving them a meaning that is different from what it literally represents. Most authors use this literary device in their books, because it adds to the deepness of the book. Symbolism allows the author to give a deeper meaning to a concept. In the classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle, symbolism is utilized. The three items that Doyle applied symbolism to were the moor, the hound and Stapleton’s nets. The moor is portrayed as darkness and eeriness....   [tags: moor, hound, nets, symbolism]
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Symbolism: S for Superman and A for Adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" - Talented writers often use extensive symbolism in there writing to portray intricate thoughts, ideas, and concepts. For example, in the popular 1978 movie Superman the “S” on Superman’s costume stands for super. Along the same lines, the “A” in Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is also a symbol. However, in contrast to the one dimensional meaning of the “S” in Superman, the “A” in The Scarlet Letter has a multifaceted meaning. As the literature unfolds the meaning of the crimson letter shining on Hester Prynne’s bosom subtlety changes from meaning adulterer, to able and finally the “A” becomes a symbol for angel....   [tags: Symbolism, Superman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet ] 937 words
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Symbolism in the Poetry of Renaissance Authors Sir Phillip Sidney and Edmund Spenser - Renaissance poets Sidney and Spenser convey their messages with the help of the literary element symbolism. In “Sonnet 75” and “Astrophel and Stella” there is the presence of symbolism. This element is a cornerstone to these poems and helps the reader think deeper beyond the literal meanings of words, and how they represent something greater. The use of symbolism also makes the readers mind think about how the sentences state something literally, but also have a deeper meaning. If this element were not to be used, then the poems would lose some of their charisma because most sonnets have a deeper meaning to be conveyed with the use help of symbolism....   [tags: Symbolism, Poetry, Renaissance, Sir Phillip Sidney] 583 words
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Symbolism in Lord Of The Flies - Lord of the Flies: Symbolism Imagine a group of young boys who have just crash-landed on a deserted tropical island with no adults or supervision. William Golding showed in his ground breaking novel Lord of the Flies, what may happen in just those circumstances. In his very complicated and diverse novel Golding brings out many ideas and uses many literary devices. Above all others though comes symbolism of three main important objects being the conch, fire, and "Piggy's" eyeglasses. Through each of these three symbols Golding shows how the boys adapt and change throughout the novel....   [tags: Lord Flies William Golding Symbolism Analysis] 935 words
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Symbolism in Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston - Symbolism in Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston is filled with symbolism ranging from images that are easily captured to things that require a little bit more insight. Religion has apparently played a major role in Hurston's life, readily seen in "Sweat" with the references to a snake and Gethsemane. Symbolism plays a big part of this story and after analyzing these, they give the story a deeper meaning and can enlighten the reader as to the full meaning of "Sweat". The most apparent symbol in the story is the title, "Sweat"....   [tags: Hurston Sweat Symbol Symbolism Essays]
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Etymology and Symbolism of Characters' Names in Catcher in the Rye - The Etymology and Symbolism of Characters' Names in Catcher in the Rye       Catcher in the Rye's pallid cover, adorned only with seven multicolored bands in its upper-left corner, is not what one would call eye-catching. Its reverse side lacks criticisms or reviews of any sort; in fact, it is bare of anything except a copyright date. Human beings are advised not to judge books by their covers, rather that they should look further than the obvious and try to apprehend the implied meaning....   [tags: Symbols Symbolism Catcher in the Rye]
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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - Cursed with the permanent mark of adultery upon her bosom, Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, faces many hardships and disgrace. Referencing these hardships, Hawthorne portrays the scarlet letter as the forbidden mark of adultery. Upon first meeting Hester, the scarlet letter is a symbol for adultery and disgrace. As the story progresses, the scarlet letter evolves into a symbol of wisdom and identity. Hawthorne utilizes each different meaning of the scarlet letter to make a commentary on the Puritan society....   [tags: hester, symbolism, social isolation]
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Symbolism in The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway - The premise of the story is simple yet captivating, as anybody who has ever gone fishing knows, for there is a strange allure in capturing and besting creatures as wondrous and intimidating as those who reside in the mysterious depths of the ocean. It is a work so masterful and timeless that it won the Pulitzer Prize and helped its author win the Nobel Prize, “The Old Man and The Sea” did not reach such lofty heights by mere luck. In creating the epic struggle between a monstrous Marlin and an old Cuban fisherman, Ernest Hemingway crafted an intricate web replete with symbols and allusions to Cuban culture, a country that served as his home for some time and the place where the novel was wri...   [tags: symbolism, lions, religion]
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The Use of Symbolism to Foreshadow the Future in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson - The Use of Symbolism to Foreshadow the Future in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson Often authors use signs to foreshadow events that will happen in the future in their stories. For example an author might write "As he was walking down the dark eerie path dark skies began to form" . Here the writer uses a usually negative sign to foreshadow a negative future. This is the most common way for authors to foreshadow in a story, but it isn't the only way. In some instances authors use symbols to foreshadow the future of a character....   [tags: Literature Compare Contrast Symbolism] 1664 words
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Symbolism and Literary Techniques in George Orwell's "Animal Farm" - George Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegoric fairy tale type novel that uses irony, satire, and allegory to portray the true identity of media censored Communist Russia. Because of the relationship between America and Communist Russia during WWII, Animal Farm was not originally received with warmth because it was thought of as harmful propaganda. But then, during the Cold War, when US-USSR relations soured, George Orwell’s novel was finally read. George Orwell, the pseudonym of Eric Blair, conceived the basis of Animal Farm during his tenure at Eden, a prestigious English boarding school....   [tags: Symbolism, George Orwell, Animal Farm,] 1161 words
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Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell In today's society, we generally view upon everyone as equal beings who deserve equal rights. At the turn of the 20th century, this particular view didn?t exist. Men clearly dominated almost every aspect of life and women were often left with little importance. The Wright?s embody this view of roles in Susan Glaspell?s play Trifles. Mrs. Wright was a typical woman who suffered the mental abuse from her husband and was caged from life. In Trifles, a mixture of symbolism of oppression illustrates Mrs....   [tags: Sybolism Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays]
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Symbolism in Fences by August Wilson - August Wilson uses the symbol of a 'fence' in his play, Fences, in numerous occasions. Three of the most important occasions fences are symbolized are by protection, Rose Maxson and Troy Maxson's relationship, and Troy against Mr. Death. Throughout the play, characters create 'fences' symbolically and physically to be protected or to protect. Examples such as Rose protecting herself from Troy and Troy protecting himself form Death. This play focuses on the symbol of a fence which helps readers receive a better understanding of these events....   [tags: Fences Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory]
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Symbolism in "The Lottery" - To a first time reader, Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” seems simply as a curious tale with a shocking ending. After repetitive reading of Jackson's tale, it is clear that each sentence is written with a unique purpose often using symbolism. Her use of symbols not only foreshadow its surprise and disturbing ending but allows the reader to evaluate the community's pervert traditional rituals. She may be commenting on the season of the year and the grass being “richly green” or the toying with the meanings of the character's names but each statement applies to the meaning and lesson behind her story....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 806 words
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Symbolism of “The Storm" - Kate Chopin wrote the short story “The Storm” one of her most bold stories and did not even intention to publish it (Cutter 191). The two main characters in the story are Calixta and Alcee. They both used to be attracted to one another in previous years, but now they are both married to someone else. After Alcee arrives to Calixta’s house looking for shelter they are driven into a passionate moment. In the story “The Storm” the storm has a significant meaning; without it the affair of Calixta and Alcee performed would not have been as powerful as it was between them....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Power of Symbolism - Usually represented as a character or object, a symbol signifies an abstract meaning (Dr. Louis). Certainly authors could describe abstract meanings without the use of symbols, yet it may not be as effective. Symbols not only augment the creativity of a story, but also invoke the thoughts and emotions of readers. However, some readers have a difficult time identifying symbols, since simple objects such as coins or tape records may have abstruse meanings. Conversely, some readers “see symbolism where none exists,” and mistakenly associate objects or characters with philosophical meanings (Tierney)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Symbolism In The Veil - Symbolism In The Veil The veil that the minister wears in "The Ministers Black Veil", by Nathanial Hawthorne represents the emphasis on man's inner reality, and those thoughts and feelings which are not immediately obvious. As Hawthorne explored this inner nature, he found the source of dignity and virtue, and certain elements of darkness. When the minister first walks out of his home wearing the veil, everyone is astonished. This one man in this village decides to be a nonconformist and wear this veil without explanation....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1482 words
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Symbolism in "The Lottery" - In the story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, we are introduced to a small New England Town, which is not named. In the opening of the story, we are given a picture of summer. The beginning of the summer for most is usually a time of great expectations, planting of gardens, school getting out and the smell of the sweet flowers, carried by the breeze. In the short story “ The Lottery” it welcomes the reader with that image, it paints a picture that we are all familiar with. Within in this small New England town, there exists a sense of tradition; rebelliousness and conformity are just a few central themes that carry this story....   [tags: Literary Review] 855 words
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Symbolism in The Chyrsanthemums - Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In literature, we find symbols as a way of better understanding a story. Symbols allow one to understand the story overall on a deeper level. In John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums,” symbols play a key role in understanding the story. John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California, the third of four siblings. He studied at Stanford University where he majored in English between 1919 and 1925. Though he devoted six years to college, he never obtained his degree....   [tags: The Chyrsanthemums Essays]
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Understood Objects of Symbolism in the Novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding - In every novel, an object may represent something other than what it actually is. Lord of the Flies of by William Golding has several of these objects in it. An explanation for what objects hold symbolic meaning is would be like how snow may represent delight and happiness for a child. These objects also add side stories and add detail to the novel. Three objects that hold immense symbolic meaning in Lord of the Flies are the beast, the conch, and the signal fire. To begin with, one object that holds great symbolic meaning is the beast....   [tags: Lord of the Flies, William Golding, Symbolism,] 729 words
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Symbolism and Love - Symbolism is used by many authors and poets to portray the underlying themes of their works. A literary symbol is something that is used to represent something else. The use of symbolism can help the reader infer a much deeper message that is not seen by the naked eye. This literary device is used by Marie de France in “Laustic” and by Shakespeare in “Othello”. These two pieces of work both have true love between two characters, as well as a constant battle to live out this love because of extenuating circumstances that are present....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Symbolism In Macbeth - In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, symbolism plays a prominent role to emphasize the theme of corruption of power. Throughout the play there are several main symbols repeatedly used to emphasize this theme. The contrast of light and dark representing good and evil, blood representing guilt, murder, and pain, and the archetypal pattern of purification by using water represents removal of guilt, cleansing and peace. Symbolism is used repeatedly to emphasize the theme of corruption of power. The image of blood plays an important role throughout Macbeth....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1089 words
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Symbolism in Islam - Symbolism in Islam When we think about religious symbols, many can recount that Christianity is marked by the Cross, and Judaism is represented by the Star of David. But when recalling the symbol that signifies Islam, the crescent moon, with or without a star, seems to denote the religion accurately. However, there is no historical or religious basis for the crescent moon or the star to symbolize Islam. Actually, Muslims don’t believe in symbolism, and therefore do not identify with any particular symbol to represent their religion as a whole....   [tags: Religious Symbols, Christianity, Cross, Judaism]
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Symbolism: A Door to New Views - Symbolism is a part of human nature; it has been a form of communication long before the written language. Ideas are conveyed through symbolism. It is frequently used in pop culture today. Many songs and music videos have symbolism in them. The music video for “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus is symbolic for a destructive relationship. Her being stripped to nothing but her skin represents her vulnerability and how love destroyed her; she emotionally becomes ‘stripped and naked’. The wrecking ball represents how she feels....   [tags: pop culture, form of communication] 538 words
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Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird - ... He didn’t deserve any of what he received, however it was all thrown at him simply for being an African American. Because he was innocent and was killed and tortured, the mockingbird represents him. Like a mockingbird, he did nothing but was still treated poorly for it. Another notable example of symbolism is the red geraniums in the Ewell’s yard. Despite all of the hate and filth around and in the Ewell family, Mayella doesn’t simply admit defeat to her family legacy and instead tries to make as much beauty as possible in her situation....   [tags: punish, positivity, african american]
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Symbolism in “Cats” and “Shiloh” - ... 7). Norma Jean is tired of Leroy talking about fixing their marriage when in truth, their divorce is inevitable, a concept which Leroy is unfamiliar with. Along with this excerpt, Mason uses adequate examples of symbolism throughout the story for the reader to interpret how Norma Jean is tired of being married to Leroy, and the only way to relieve herself of his presence, is to spontaneously leave him. In “Cats”, McCorkle also uses symbolism to discreetly insert a deeper meaning in order to allow the reader to fall deeper into the the story.Symbolism can also be used to allow the reader to relate to the story by showing past experiences and troubles....   [tags: Jill McCorkle, Bobbie Ann short story]
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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery: Symbolism In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives. It all starts with the setting of the story....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 738 words
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Symbolism and Irony in The Story of an Hour - There are many things that can happen unexpected throughout life this is known as Irony. There are three different types of Irony, there’s Situational Irony, Dramatic Irony, and Verbal Irony. Situational Irony is when the opposite of what the characters and readers expect to happen happens like when you see a police officer of the peace getting arrested. Then there is Dramatic Irony which is when the reader knows something the character in the story might not know yet. The last example of Irony is Verbal Irony which is a twist of words to say things that might sound sarcastic like; this cake is as soft as concrete, meaning that the cake is too hard to be eatable....   [tags: Kate Chopin, literary analysis]
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The Moral Symbolism of the Green Girdle - The symbolism of the girdle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight changes and grows as the poem progresses, adding Gawain's honor and sin to seemingly separate ideas of an untamed nature related to the otherworld and animal instincts. Piotr Sadowski, in his The Knight on His Quest: Symbolic Patterns of Transition in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, calls the girdle a symbol of “complex moral truth” that the other knights of the Round Table fail to learn from, as Gawain does. While I agree that the girdle's most important function is the message it conveys about morality as it pertains to courtly behavior, I argue that the moral ideal the girdle sets is not higher than the knights achieve, but...   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1814 words
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Symbolism and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - Symbolism can represent a character, action or a setting. It can also represent, or symbolizes something else. For example, the apple design that all the iPhone’s, iPod’s, and apple computers have, represent, or symbolizes something. The apple symbolizes “A tribute to Alan Turing, the man who laid the foundations for the modern-day computer.” In this world everything symbolizes something or represents someone or a thing. For example, figures symbols, colors, numbers, and letters they also can represent, or symbolize something....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Symbolism of Death by Abby Collier - In “Tradition, Modernity, & Postmodernity in Symbolism of Death”, Abby Collier argues that the symbolic representation of death has been redirected to a individualized representation of the deceased from a traditional representation, influenced by the social and cultural ways of dealing with death. The article discusses the evolution of the cemetery as social records, community and a postindustrial record, focusing on the transformation of the gravestones and memorialization of individuals through symbolic imagery....   [tags: cemetery, burial practices, gravestones]
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Symbolism in The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allen Poe, in the short story “The Masque of the Red Death”, shows how people may try to outsmart death and surpass it, but in the end they will die since death is inevitable. He reveals this in the book by showing all the people closed up in the abbey that belongs to Prince Prospero. They are trying to escape the “Red Death” and think that they can escape the death by hiding away in the abbey. They manage to stay safe for six months but in the end they all die after the stroke of midnight during the masquerade ball Prince Prospero puts on from the Red Death itself which appears after midnight and leaves no survivors in the end....   [tags: Masque of the Red Death Essays]
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Symbolism and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - Symbolism is something that represents more than what it really is. It is often by authors in their writing to give it more emphasis. For example:" In life there will always be peaks and valleys" meaning in life there will be ups and downs but we should enjoy the peaks and fight through the valleys. Objects can also be a form of symbolism such as The Bible, it represents more than just a book. It represents Life, Church, Religion, and the life of Jesus Christ and what he stood for. Irony is like a twist or words or the opposite of what is intended....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Symbolism in the Gothic Art Movement - The Gothic Art movement was not just a style of art but an extremely influential period containing its own complex history. The term is used to describe buildings and objects whose forms are based upon a range of characteristics from the middle of the 12th to the end of the 15th century. Gothic style was a development of the Romanesque yet it was Renaissance humanists who first used it as a disparaging term to describe what they saw as the barbaric architecture. With Gothic art being viewed through so many different perspectives it is deemed quite difficult to appropriately define what Gothic means in postmodern society today....   [tags: Art Analysis ]
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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - When most people play the lottery today, they think about having wealth. Generally, people who win are happy about it whether they win one dollar or a million. The lottery in our society has grown to support education and it is often worth several million dollars. Usually, the winner of the lottery gains a lot of recognition for the money they win. But what would happen if there was a small town where people held a yearly lottery in which the “winner” was the member of the town who was not sacrificed....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called the lottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing the lottery were more concerned with stoning one to death and their beliefs rather than the value of the human life that they were about to destroy. From the title of the story, to the ambiance preceding this ritual, one could assume that this will result in someone winning something, but with the usage symbolism, Jackson is able to use names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and in...   [tags: sacrifice, ritual, religion]
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Symbolism and Irony of The Story of an Hour - This story shows both irony and symbolism to a better image of how the character felt. Irony is what the opposite of what it was intended. Symbolism is any object, person, place or experiences that represent more then what it is. All three irony`s where use in the story which were verbal, dramatic, and situation. Verbal irony is when a twist on words is use in the story. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that the character does not know. Irony of situation is an unexpected activity takes place that is the opposite of what the characters and audience expects.Irony is used the most in the story and is showed when Mrs....   [tags: semiotics, literary analysis]
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Symbolism in A Rose for Emily - Symbolism in literature is using an object to portray a different, deeper meaning in a story. Symbols represent ideas or qualities that the author has maneuvered into his or her story that has meaning. There can be multiple symbols in a story or just one. It is up to the reader to interpret the meaning of the symbols and their significance to the story. While reading a story, symbols may not become clear until the very end, once the climax is over, and the falling action is covered. In William Faulkner’s, “A Rose for Emily,” there are multiple examples of symbolism that occur throughout the story....   [tags: A Rose for Emily Essays]
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The Role of Imagery and Symbolism in Macbeth - In the play of Macbeth, imagery and symbolism is greatly used. Night vs. Day is a very significant image reoccurring throughout the course of Macbeth. It is found to be reoccurring throughout Macbeth because of the many events changing drastically throughout the play. It shows how Macbeth’s character changes throughout the day. This theme of Night vs. Day also concerns many other individuals from the story. This incorporates the three witches, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Macduff. More often than the others, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches were mainly the ones who drew more attention to the theme....   [tags: Shakespeare] 1360 words
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The Symbolism of the Stone Angel and Hagar - The stone angel is a symbolism for Hagar Shipley in the form of her character, and the way she displays no emotions, similar to a stone angel. Also, the position of the angel in the cemetery reveals Hagar’s high self-esteem and pride by the towering position of the angel overlooking the town. Moreover, the stone angel’s features represent Hagar in other ways; they include the missing eyes, the hardness of her personality, and Hagar’s lack of motherly affection for her first born child. The symbolism of the stone angel and Hagar Shipley are equivalent by the features they share, and how the angel is a representation of her life....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 920 words
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Symbolism in The Old Man and The Sea - Earnest Hemingway, a prolific literary writer of his time infuses a multitude of symbolic elements into one of his most well known novels, The Old Man and The Sea, which assist in developing the many themes throughout the story. Hemmingway has constructed the struggle between Santiago and the marlin, his antagonist to symbolize overall themes of strength, perseverance, valor, and defeat. Moreover, his use of such symbols advances the plot toward the eventual defeat of Santiago. These symbols include Santiago’s community, the sea that supports it, and the people who make up the small fishing village....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Masque of the Red Death: Symbolism - The author, Edgar Allan Poe, using illusion or misdirection keeps the reader is suspense throughout this story called "The Masque of the Red Death". Symbolism such as the colored rooms, the impressive clock, the feeling of celebration being at a party all makes this story feel like a fairytale. Poe used this fairytale style and converts it into a nightmare in disguise. In the "Masque of the Red Death," the first sentence, "The Red Death had long devastated the country," sets the tone for the whole story....   [tags: edgar allan poe] 1428 words
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The Symbolism of Innocence and Nature in - “A White Heron,” a short story by Sarah Orne Jewett depicts and allows the reader to explore the loss of innocence individual’s go through both spiritually and physically. Jewett fills the story with symbolism that captures Sylvia’s lapsarian fall and her own personal discoveries about life, humanity, and goodness. This is not to be mistaken for simply a story of a girl entering into sexual awareness; it is also about the defilement of nature by man as represented by the ornithologist and Sylvia, and the moral struggles with the coming of age of a young girl....   [tags: white heron, sarah jewett, sexual awareness]
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Symbolism in A Rose For Emily - The main symbolism running throughout A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, is the theme of how important it is to let go of the past. Miss Emily clings to the past and does not want to be independent. The Old South is becoming the new South and she cannot move forward. The residents of the South did not all give in to change just because they lost the Civil War. In A Rose for Emily time marches on leaving Miss Emily behind as she stubbornly refuses to progress into a new era. In the story, symbolism is used to give more details than the author actually gives to the reader....   [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner] 1014 words
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Symbolism in Terms of Outward Appearance - During one’s life, he or she will experience many symbols that must be deciphered and analyzed on some level. Take the Christian cross for example: the cross is viewed as a symbol of the Christian faith by being a reminder that Jesus died on it to pay for the sins of believers. However, if one looks deeper, there are many other representations of this symbol as well. Symbols are unique in that they are meant to be analyzed and made into whatever one wants to believe. Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbols of this nature throughout many of his works....   [tags: LIterary Analysis ]
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The Usage of Symbolism in Lord of the Flies - Symbols are often used in literature to drive plot, give clues to events in the story, and develop key characters. They have more than one meaning, and in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding there are three key symbols used: the conch, Piggy’s eyeglasses and the impaled pigs head. These three symbols will be discussed by using specific references to the text as well as examining how they negatively impact the characters in the story. Thesis: Three essential symbols that have a negative impact on the story are the conch, Piggy’s eyeglasses and the impaled pigs head....   [tags: Literary Techniques, Literary Devices] 738 words
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Symbolism of The Fall of the House of Usher - ... The narrator describe the details of the physical house several thing, one of which is Minute Fungi “Minute Fungi overspread the whole exterior.” This represents the slow and painful decline of the Usher race. In other words, the physical, mental, and familiar destruction of the ancient Usher Race. When one refers to a house, one may think of a building, but not always about the family that house or of their house. When the narrator describes the house, no actual information is given about the physical house....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe works analysis] 795 words
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The History and Symbolism of the Swastika Sign - The History and Symbolism of the Swastika Sign The swastika is a loved and welcomed symbol for many people in the world. The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word Su, meaning well, and Asti, meaning to be. It represents life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles either clockwise or anticlockwise. The ubiquity of the swastika has been explained by three main areas of significance: historical, cultural, and architectural....   [tags: History, Symbol, Swastika]
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Symbolism in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” - In 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge published his poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Several editions followed this, the most notable being the 1815 version, which included a gloss. This poem has grown to become well known and debated, especially concerning the message that Coleridge was attempting to impart. The interpretation of the poem as a whole and of various characters, settings, and objects has been the subject of numerous essays, papers, books, and lectures. There are approximately four things that are major symbols in this work, along with the possibility that the structure itself is symbolic....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Samuel Taylor] 1704 words
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Symbolism and Irony in The Cast of Amontillado - Anything that represents more than what it is, is symbolic. It’s often used by writers to enhance their writing. For example, the phrase "Life is like a roller-coaster" is symbolic because it means there will be ups and downs in life that you may or may not experience. Other times the author my better explain an object by using a symbol to represent it like a chain represents the coming together of two things. In elementary schools teachers use pictures of animals and objects with the same first letter of the next letter in the alphabet to remind them what letter come next by saying the name....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Identity and Symbolism in Fantasy Novels - Coming of age does not happen without change, Change does not happen without conflict. The Alice in Wonderland books by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; and Calvino, Invisible Cities are books that focus on the transformation of the individual and metamorphoses of the collective. This essay will specifically focus on identity and symbolism. Both novels allow us to enter a world of fantasy through distortion and alternate worlds. Thus allowing the reader to determine the underline rational to what is being hidden within the text ....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Trifles and Symbolism Solve the Mystery - Trifles and symbolism solve the mystery Many define drama to be a literary work that is to be performed in front of an audience. But to truly define drama one must comply with its themes in order to understand it fully. Drama is a form of art that is visually presented. It displays key characteristics of human emotions to give deeper meaning to what is being presented. Sometimes drama brings out what a person is truly feeling through a tragedy play or a play portraying good fortune. Drama plays are sometimes taken out of real life instances to extend the controversy of the event or elevate the excitement of the situation....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, play analysis]
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The Symbolism of Blood in Macbeth - The seventeenth-century play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, employs blood as a powerful symbol to amplify the tragic nature of the work. Prior to, and immediately following Duncan’s death, blood magnifies the treachery of Macbeth’s murderous act. Throughout the play, blood constantly reminds the audience of the ruthless means the Macbeths implement to gain the crown. In the culmination of the play, blood symbolizes the irreconcilable guilt that will haunt the Macbeths for the duration of their lives....   [tags: Shakespeare plays, literary analysis] 893 words
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Symbolism Used in The Scarlet Letter - In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, symbolsim is constantly present in the actual scarlet letter “A” as it is viewed as a symbol of sin and the gradally changes its meanign, guilt is also a mejore symbol, and Pearl’s role in this novel is symbolic as well. The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and crucial symbols. these devices of symbolism are best portayed in the novel, most noticably through the letter “A” best exemplifies the changes in the symbolic meaning throughout the novel....   [tags: nathaniel hawthorne, scarlett letter, symbols] 1071 words
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Symbolism in “The Story of an Hour” - The symbols and imagery used by Kate Chopin's in “The Story of an Hour” give the reader a sense of Mrs. Mallard’s new life appearing before her through her view of an “open window” (para. 4). Louise Mallard experiences what most individuals long for throughout their lives; freedom and happiness. By spending an hour in a “comfortable, roomy armchair” (para.4) in front of an open window, she undergoes a transformation that makes her understand the importance of her freedom. The author's use of Spring time imagery also creates a sense of renewal that captures the author's idea that Mrs....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Kate Chopin] 662 words
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Symbolism: Revealing the Hidden Truths - What is symbolism. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary symbolism: is the use of symbols to express or represent ideas or qualities in literature, art. What is the writer or artistes trying to intemperate in their work. William Faulkner and Edgar Allan Poe were literary geniuses in their use of dark and subdued writing styles, but in my opinion no one takes the time to look in depth into the real meanings of there works . This paper will elaborate on the use of symbolism in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe....   [tags: The Tell Tale Heart, A Rose for Emily]
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Symbolism in The Lord Of Flies - It was 48 years ago when a man named William Golding, put his pen to his paper and composed a literary masterpiece called, Lord of the Flies. The book brings together every boy's fantasy of being isolated on a deserted island and the harsh reality of human nature. With no authority, evil, hatred and pure savagery will no doubt take their toll. Taking place during World War II, a plane full of English schoolboys crashes and the boys that survive swim to the shore of a nearby island. At first the boys have good intentions....   [tags: William Golding] 1984 words
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Symbolism in Lord of the Flies - Symbolism in Lord of The Flies William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of English school boys who are stranded on a tropical island after their plane has been attacked and crashes during World War II. In the beginning, the boys like being on their own without adults. The boys separate into two groups, led by Jack and Ralph. Jack is obsessed with hunting, and he and his group pay do not pay attention. Ralph is concerned about keeping a rescue fire lit so they will have a chance to be rescued, but no one else seems too concerned about it....   [tags: William Golding, literary analysis]
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Fowl Symbolism Used in Poetry - ... “‘Is it he?’ Quoth one, ‘is this the man. By him who died on cross, with his cruel bow he laid full low the harmless Albatross. The spirit who bideth by himself in the land of mist and snow, he loved the bird that loved the man who shot him with his bow.’”(Rime part V lines 398-405) The Albatross is described to have shown love and affection for the sailors of the Mariner’s ship and it is by this love that his spirit brought good omens to their sails and allowed them to navigate away from the mist and snow....   [tags: rime, literature, appearance, action]
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The Symbolism of Ophelia’s Character - Name Subject Instructor Date The Symbolism of Ophelia’s Character The name Ophelia has been most commonly associated with William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, where she is referred to as the title character's mad lover. She is believed to have killed herself out of madness by drowning herself in a river. Interpretations about Ophelia's character have ranged from being a woman who lost her sanity upon her father, Polonius' death to being the object of hatred by Hamlet. However, despite her supporting character in the play, her personality has roused numerous criticisms and interpretations from philosophers and critics....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" - Symbolism The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is bursting with symbols and motifs. Looking deeper into these symbols will uncover the abstract and intangible themes and messages portrayed throughout the novel. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock as well as T.J Eckleburg’s eyes overlooking the Valley of Ashes and the discrepancy between not only the characters of East and West Egg but the social class and standard of living they abide by. By uncovering all of these symbols and exposing them in their true light, a better understanding of the messages F....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 805 words
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