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Sinister Symbols Within The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Throughout history with no specific date of origin, people have used objects to represent ideas. These objects of representation are known as symbols. Symbols are used in almost everything we see in our daily lives. They are often flashed right in front of us without us mentally taking notice of them. It takes observation and a comprehension of certain things to understand symbols. For example one might question why there is a bald eagle on the back of the quarter. Fact is the bald eagle is known to be a strong creature therefore is a symbolism of strength which is what the United States is known to be....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]

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The Importance of Setting and Symbols in "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

- Ranging from caged parrots to the meadow in Kentucky, symbols and settings in The Awakening are prominent and provide a deeper meaning than the text does alone. Throughout The Awakening by Kate Chopin, symbols and setting recur representing Edna’s current progress in her awakening. The reader can interpret these and see a timeline of Edna’s changes and turmoil as she undergoes her changes and awakening. The setting Edna is in directly affects her temperament and awakening: Grand Isle provides her with a sense of freedom; New Orleans, restriction; the “pigeon house”, relief from social constraints....   [tags: Setting, Symbols, Awakening, Kate Chopin, ]

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Symbols of Military Identity

- At the United States Air Force Academy, the first experience of a new cadet is the loss of personal "stuff" and hence individual identity. All material possessions — those that signify individual identity, safety or relationship -- are taken from the cadet and replaced by "stuff" which indicate membership in the cadet wing. Clothing, jewelry, wallet, even hair, disappear as indexes of membership in an economic group. Pictures and address books vanish as symbols of connection with social groups in the broader world....   [tags: Symbols Symbolism Military Essays]

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Symbols in Macbeth

- Throughout the play "Macbeth", there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant.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: Shakespearean Literature]

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Signs and Symbols

- In the short story “Signs and Symbols,” Vladmir Nabokov entices the reader with the story of a concerned elderly couple who visits their mentally unstable son on his birthday at the sanitarium. This visit is further complicated by the son’s attempt to take his life, which compels the hospital staff at the sanitarium to prevent the parents from meeting their son. This circumstance then embarks on the difficult journey that life has been for this mother and father of their mentally deranged child....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Analysis of the Poetic Symbols Between Ancient Mariner and The Raven

- As the great Edgar Allen Poe once said, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” In the poems “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and “The Raven,” by Edgar Allen Poe both show symbols of birds. Too many people the animal of the bird, is shown as many different symbols. In these two poems the bird is shown as a daunting symbol. As Adam Andrious said, “We envy them their ease of expression, as their song provides a bridge into the mysteries of a world the animal in us fondly half-remembers.” The things that a bird can mean to different people is huge....   [tags: edgar allan poe, bird's symbol, poems]

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Symbols and the Struggles of Women

- A woman strangled her husband to death. Another woman died due to extreme happiness after she was told her husband passed away in an accident. “Trifles” and “The Story of an Hour” are the two short stories associated with these plots. The two texts are perplexing which is why they use symbols. Both stories use objects figuratively to reveal a hidden story that contributes to the theme which is pain and loneliness may provoke a person to act in selfish ways. Symbols can display the characters feelings towards one another and the major conflict of the text....   [tags: Trifles, The Story of an Hour]

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The Powers of the Symbols in "Lord of the Flies"

- Lord of the Flies is a novel that is all about symbols that have different powers which is used on the boys. Two of the symbols which are the conch and the sow’s head contain powers that are opposite of each other and they have a great affect on the boys. Lord of the Flies would be a different story without symbols. The conch has the powers that lead to civilization and order. It represents the authority that the boys will need to get rescued from the island. The sow’s head on the other hand represents the evil powers to lead the boys to total chaos and savagery which is created by Jack....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Use of Symbols by Lady Macbeth

- Symbols certainly exist in Shakespeare’s plays. Each symbol adds a certain value to the work and enriches the play considerably. The primary problem with an interpretation of symbols is the belief some people have that symbols almost or always represent a one to one relationship. For the purposes of this paper, the relationship would be represented as milk = nourishment. Infants = innocence, etc. I plan to examine the way in which the characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth use and change the meaning of the following symbols - breastfeeding, infants and milk....   [tags: milk, innocence]

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Symbols in The Awakening by Late Chopin

- ... Art is a stress reliever and helps Edna escape into her own little world even if it is only for a couple of minutes. Art represents failure because Edna does not achieve everything that she was looking for. Most artists are free and independant such as Mademoiselle Reisz, a pianist and good friend of Edna’s. Mademoiselle Reisz once said, “To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts—absolute gifts—which have not been acquired by one's own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul.” (?) She explains that Edna needs strong wings in order to prosper as an artist and to live a self-sufficient life....   [tags: art, birds, ocean, society]

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Connecting Symbols in A Rose for Emily

- The literary world contains a vast collection of works, each employing diverse techniques in writing. One technique commonly found in literature is the use of images and symbols. Symbols are sometimes complex and contain both literal and figurative significance. Symbolism in literature is commonly used to bind the attributes of an object with various segments of a story to provide the reader with a deeper understanding and sometimes hidden meaning. In the short story, “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner utilizes a vast collection of symbols, as a means to enhance the reader’s visual perceptions but also prompts consideration into theories of motive surrounding the murder of Homer Barron....   [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]

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Meaning of Icons and Symbols in Art

- During the Byzantine period, early Christians had established that art could design images, that represented Christ, Mary and the Saints. All these images were considered icons. From the Greek word eikon, this means image. These are seen throughout the Romanesque and the Gothic style. This essay will attempt to describe how symbols were used and the meanings they had from the eleven century, throughout the Renaissance era. Art had evolved and the usage was found inside and out of buildings, on paintings, sculptures and others....   [tags: bizantine period, christians, christ, saints]

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Symbols and Conflict in A Doll's House

- ... Often danced by a married couple to show togetherness. As the Tarantella is meant to be a passionate dance for a couple, it is very significant how it is used between Nora and Torvald in the play. “Torvald: you must go and rehearse the tarantella and practice on the tambourine. I’ll go into the office and shut the door, and I will hear nothing. You can make as much noise as you like” (Ibsen 65). As stated earlier, this dance is one that is meant to be danced and conducted by two and its to show togetherness....   [tags: literary devices and analysis]

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Icons and Symbols of Medieval Art

- Many icons and symbols could be found and related with the Medieval Art because have relevant and remarkable change to create art expression, architect style and the more important was that with their work they gave meaning to life style, rules to follow their strong believes and express forces of divine punishment. Also they wanted to give a special place to worship and magnify. The Middle Age is divide for historians into three periods, Early medieval, Romanesque and Gothic because was the transition of create, designed, express and built monumental and famous places to represent the richness, complexity and innovation of a new cultures and with icons and symbols that represent and charact...   [tags: architecture, expression, renaissance, gothic]

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Use of Symbols in Paul's Case

- Symbols are one of those most important things to a story. They share the meaning of themselves, as well as the meaning for something else. Symbols usually make the important ideas stick out as well as make the reader have different ideas of what is actually being said. One of the many symbols in “Paul’s Case” is flower’s. From violets to carnations, the flowers Paul talks about are ones of many meanings. The flowers represent a continual motif, expressing Paul’s character. The narrator expresses the teacher’s views towards Paul’s flowers, “…his whole attitude was symbolized by his shrug and his flippantly red carnation…” (Cather)....   [tags: Paul's Case]

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Semiotics: The Science of Signs and Symbols

- Twentieth century Swiss linguist and semiotician Ferdinand de Saussure designates semiotics as the systematic science of signs. Though the idea was both praised and ridiculed, the linguist successfully proved that signs do affect the way we view the world we live in. Where language was once the way we understood society, signs have taken their place. Consider the “M” for McDonald’s or the Castle for Disney, even the “Disney font.” We seldom recognize these companies by what we have heard about them and more for the symbols we see and associate them with....   [tags: Ferdinand de Saussure, Systematic Science of Signs]

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Symbols in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

- As the source of the book’s title, this symbol merits close inspection. It first appears in Chapter 16, when a kid Holden admires for walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk is singing the Robert Burns song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.” In Chapter 22, when Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to do with his life, he replies with his image, from the song, of a “catcher in the rye.” Holden imagines a field of rye perched high on a cliff, full of children romping and playing. He says he would like to protect the children from falling off the edge of the cliff by “catching” them if they were on the verge of tumbling over....   [tags: symbolism, literary analysis]

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Sexual Symbols in The Black Hole

- Adolescence is a period in life when individuals learn who they are and shape their identities in relation to their experiences and others around them, such as role models, peers, and family; as a consequence adolescence has always been considered a crucial developmental stage. In Black Hole “the bug” only affects teens, which suggests that the teen plague is not a metaphor for AIDs, but is actually the social, physical, and emotional turning point in which the character s mature from teens to young adults....   [tags: Literary Analysis, argumentative, persuasive]

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Indicating symbols in A Rose for Emily

- In their stories, authors don’t like to be straightforward with the characters or objects they present. Yes, they will be described as to how they look or the stuff they do depending if it’s in third or first person. Most of the time, the reader will only see the characters/objects as they are presented but in reality there is way more to it than what the author is writing. The authors feel it’s boring, so they use a tool which is what we call symbolism. They use symbolism not only to give a more clear meaning to the object they repeatedly present, but to give it a deeper meaning....   [tags: William Faulkner, literary analysis]

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Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird

- A symbol is a unique term because it can represent almost anything such as people, beliefs, and values. Symbols are like masks that people put on to describe their true self. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the author uses Tom Robinson and Arthur Radley to represent a mockingbird which illustrates the theme of innocence by presenting these characters as two harmless citizens that do not pose a threat to Maycomb. To begin with, Tom Robinson is an innocent being that resembles a mockingbird because he is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell....   [tags: Harper Lee novel analysis]

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Symbols in The Scarlett Letter

- Symbols in The Scarlet Letter Symbolism is strongly prevalent throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Some of the most important symbols in this novel are Pearl, the scaffold, and the scarlet A. These symbols are all entwined together because each object relates to the punishment and sin of Hester Prynne. Pearl is the consequence of an adulterous relationship and will constantly be a reminder of that sin, not only to Hester but also to the town as a whole. The scaffold is a hoary platform on which Hester had to stand to receive her punishment; however, each time the scaffold is shown, it provides for a different symbol....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Literary Analysis]

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Theme of Inhumanity Invades in Symbols

- Cruelty, blood, and gore are all accurate descriptions of the French Revolution. This horrific time is correctly represented by the twisted and elaborate plot of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. During this time, pity and sympathy leave the hearts of both the revolutionaries and the aristocrats. The hatred felt by the revolutionaries towards their oppressors seizes control of their hearts and results in more ruthless and savage behavior towards their old persecutors. Man, himself, becomes a more brutal race in this time of animosity....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities]

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Sacred Symbols Used In Religions

- ... It is associated with the Great Mother, universal womb, birth, and fertility. It gives the universe life-giving and life-destroying abilities (Sabrina 67-81). Water is also connected with the emotional responses to situations (Sabrina 67-81). Lastly, the element of earth; it is solid and passive in nature, also negative in polarity. It represents both the womb and grave; it brings life and also takes it away. It gives the other three elements a place to manifest themselves. Earth relates to all the physical matter; it sees, touches, smells, senses, and feels (Sabrina 67-81)....   [tags: pentagram, emblem, christians]

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Symbols in Brave New World

- In the dystopian novel, Brave New World, Huxley uses symbols to create meaning and to get his agenda across. The use of sex and reproduction, and Shakespearian writing and religious texts, as symbols in the novel help to push Huxley’s agenda that total government control is devastating, and the inner human drive to be an individual can never be suppressed. Also, the fact that the novel was written in 1931 shows that Huxley was attacking the newly forming Socialist nations. The first two chapters of this novel consist of the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning showing students how the reproduction system works in the World State....   [tags: Literature]

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Sfudying Graphics, Messages, and Symbols

- ... By reading the title “2045 The Year Man Becomes Immortal*” and “*if you believe humans and machines will become one. Welcome to the Singularity movement” presents the bald head that is a male robot with the metal cord connect to the back of the head. And also the green light displays the head much more like a robot. The robot present as a white person with the really light skin tone. Furthermore, the sliver cord and the green light drew my eyes up to the title and the male robot head is the temporality....   [tags: text, semiotic, images]

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The Moor Symbols the Merrier

- Symbolism gives deeper meaning to relatively ordinary objects, animals, and people. It is repeatedly used in literature to get across a deep meaning without fully explaining it in words, enhancing the story by making it flow smoother. In addition, it can be used to hint at key aspects of the story which helps the reader to better understand symbols. In mystery books it is utilized to help grasp what is meant and to better understand not only the situation, but the book as a whole. In the book, “ The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle, the moor, the hound of Baskervilles, and Baskervilles Hall are the most prominent symbols in the book....   [tags: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle]

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Symbols of The Great Gatsby

- The 1920s were a time of big dreams, moral decline, and hardships in America . The Roaring Twenties were a different time altogether with its bootleggers and speakeasies, women becoming more independent, the poor becoming poorer, but through all this was The American Dream keeping the hope afloat. F. Scott Fitzgerald captured this era in his book, The Great Gatsby. Through his many symbols he illustrates the hopes, the forgotten God, and the oppressed Americans of the Twenties. The symbols in The Great Gatsby help convey several different themes, from wealth to loss of morals, to poverty....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Symbols of Alienation and Loneliness

- Symbols of Loneliness and Alienation According to DiYanni, Symbols in fiction are simply objects, actions, or even events that convey meaning. The meaning they convey extends beyond their literal significance, beyond their more obvious actual reason for being included in the story (Literature 95). In “The Chrysanthemums,” John Steinbeck reveals the theme of loneliness and alienation of a woman from her husband through his symbolic use of a realistic setting, character, tinker, chrysanthemums, and conversations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck]

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Symbols Loose on the Moor

- Symbolism is one of the common techniques that authors often use when writing a book. Symbolism is the usage of symbols to identify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal meaning. Many authors use this technique to add depth and meaning to a complex idea and Arthur Conan Doyle, author of The Hound of the Baskervilles is no exception. Baskerville Hall, the hound and the moor are all examples of symbolism in the detective fiction, The Hound of the Baskervilles....   [tags: Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles]

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Symbols: The Essential Element

- Symbols: the basis of all literary works. Without symbols books become boring and lifeless. Symbols assist the reader in discovering a deeper meaning. In Richard Wright’s novel, Native Son, symbols are used to show death, faith and living in a white run world. In the first book, readers are introduced to the rat. Bigger is shown attempting to destroy the rat. When the rat is deceased, he appears as a “flat black body… [with] two yellow tusks” (6). With this death, Bigger’s murder streak starts....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Native Son]

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The Scarlet Ibis Symbols

- I have never had a brother, but if I did, would I look up to him or would he look up to me. This question comes to mind when I read James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis," Hurst's short story is realistic fiction, but it seems as if it's non-fiction. "The Scarlet Ibis" is about a boy and his crippled younger brother. Brother wants a younger brother, but when Doodle turns out to be crippled, he tries to teach him how to walk, swim, run, and fight out of his own selfishness. Along the way, both Brother and Doodle feel may conflicting emotions....   [tags: literary analysis of James Hurst short story]

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Persepolis Symbols

- Persepolis Symbols In America, the Islamic Revolution means absolutely nothing to a ten year old child, but in Iran it’s like a plague that’s draped across their entire world as they know it. Most Iranian children are unlike the children of the United States, which have no restrictions on dress or schools, even freedom. Iranian children live in a country controlled by their government that prohibits simple pleasures and freedoms because this government forbids Iranian families the ability to control their own lives....   [tags: documentary, book, Iran]

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Religious Symbols Represent Religious Beliefs

- A religious symbol is a representation that symbolizes a religion, or an idea within a specified religion. For example, the cross is a symbol of Christianity, or the moon and the star represent Islam. Both of these are religious symbols, representing a religion. However, there are also other religious symbols that people wear, or have. For example, Muslim women wear a Hijab, or a head covering, which is considered a religious symbol. Another example of a religious symbol is the Turban and the Kirpan....   [tags: discrimination, ban, freedom]

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The Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Four Evangelists

- ... Christ is also surrounded by stars, which could represent the heavens and his own divine nature. The Four Symbols of the Evangelists surround him as reminders to the Revelation of Saint John in the last book of the bible about the coming apocalypse, when the judgment of the people occurs. Around these symbols, the artist placed seven lamps to symbolize the seven Christian communities where Saint John addressed his revelation . In the band below, separated by geometric designs similar to San Vitale, the twelve apostles with halos stand holding books....   [tags: notorious paintings, Art history]

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An Analysis of the Symbols in Yeat’s Poems

- Throughout our lives, symbols and their meaning have had a great influence in our day to day living. Whether it is our country symbolizing itself with a flag or national seal, or our own faith, being symbolized as a cross, or as an angel; in fact religion has many sorts of symbols to tie it to together and for representation. Along with religion having many symbols, the great poet of William Butler Yeats had many symbols in his works and poetry. Throughout his countless poems, Yeats used different symbols to convey his message to his readers....   [tags: death, nature, message]

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Meaningful Symbols in the Rye by J.D Salinger

- ... This is true in a sense because he does make a connection with Phoebe involving the hat. Holden believes that the hat was a barrier. It protected him from turning into a phony adult. Because the hat protected him, he feels that it will do the same thing for Phoebe. Holden took his “hunting hat out of his coat pocket and gave it to her.” Another key symbol in the novel is the ducks in the Central Park lagoon. The ducks in the pond reflect Holden’s personal life conflict....   [tags: ducks, central park, lagoon]

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God and Religious Symbols in "Lord of the Flies"

- “All men have need of the gods” (Guillemets). Homer is correct; all men can use a god. We need support, hope, and a way to control the masses. Within the classic novel Lord of the flies by William Golding, there are many religious symbols. Lord of the Flies is best read as a religious allegory because Simon is a Jesus figure, Ralph and Jack are like Cain and Abel, the boys start to create a Pagan like religion and treat the beast like a god. There are many examples of Simon ostensibly acting altruistically and wholly, almost Jesus like....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Use of Symbols in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Many great authors use symbolism numerous of time in their stories. A symbol is a noun or word that represents a different idea. An author displays the symbols as a hit rather than blurting it out. Symbols are not only used in novels or poems, they are also used in everyday use. For an example, the American flag has fifty stars on it which each star represents a state. On the other hand, the thirteen stripes plays the part of our thirteen colonies; the beginning of our country. Even with our high school, a tiger pawl represents us as a fighting tiger that will strive to do what’s right, and to show our strength against our greatest rivals....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Hidden Symbols in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Symbolism has been scraping the surface of literature for many years, but you probably don’t notice them, unless you really dig deep behind the text. Symbolism can be anywhere from the diverse objects around your room that represent a certain time, to the books of literature you read in school. Symbolism is an object, which represents something else. For example, in the short story, “The Lottery”, Mrs. Hutchinson got picked for the lottery. The word “hutch” is another word for box, and she happened to have her life taken from her by a paper in a box....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

- A symbol is a word or expression which signifies something other than the physical object to which it directly refers. The book “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee contains three recognizable symbols. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (103) This could possibly be a symbol for Tom Robinson. He was innocent, yet sentenced to death because of his ethnicity....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]

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The Body, Meaning and Symbols in Medical Anthropology

- In the course of the study of medicine from an anthropological perspective, there are several themes which are repeatedly encountered. These include the body and its representation, meaning and a person’s response to that meaning, and finally, the symbolic images which construct and shape both meaning and the bodily representation. Each of these themes are addressed throughout medical anthropological texts, and are connected to and build on each other in a variety of ways. The body is the site of medicine, because the body is the site of all cultural practices....   [tags: Health, Medical Anthropology]

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Symbols in Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

- Since no one can definitely “know” what the future offers, the future represents the beauty of hope. Several writers explore the future through science fiction. One of the most distinguished and prolific writers of science fiction is Ray Bradbury. Although the setting of his famous novel, Fahrenheit 451, is in some future time, the society shown in this setting seems sadly stark, almost hopeless. In a world pervaded with mindless, hedonistic, and destructive individuals, intellect, morality, and creativity have all but vanished....   [tags: the sieve, the hound, fire]

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Signs, Symbols and Signals of the Underground Railroad

- Signs, Symbols and Signals of the Underground Railroad A journey of hundreds of miles lies before you, through swamp, forest and mountain pass. Your supplies are meager, only what can be comfortably carried so as not to slow your progress to the Promised Land – Canada. The stars and coded messages for guidance, you set out through the night, the path illuminated by the intermittent flash of lightning. Without a map and no real knowledge of the surrounding area, your mind races before you and behind you all at once....   [tags: U.S. History]

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Symbols Used in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby is based on a man named Jay Gatsby and his idealistic infatuation to a girl named Daisy that he met while he was young. Gatsby was not of a wealthy family and therefore Daisy would not marry him. Gatsby devoted his life to getting what he needed to win Daisy. After the war Gatsby became a bootlegger to attain what he needed to win Daisy. In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various colors, objects, and gestures as symbols to portray the lack of moral and spiritual values of people and the different aspects of society in the 1920's....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature]

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Native American Symbols and Mascots in Sports

- Our group had the task to present about Native American symbols and mascots in sports. We structured our presentation by presenting the cases of four major sports teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Florida State Seminoles, Cleveland Indians, and the Washington Redskins. Chicago Blackhawks The founder named his team the “Chicago Blackhawks” in honor of the Sauk Indian chief who sided with the British in the War of 1812. However this team has had it easy, because the major complaints they get involve their logo only, leaving the name and mascot in peace....   [tags: Blackhawks, Seminoles, Indians, Redskins]

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Symbols of Evolution

- Symbols of Evolution Two billion years ago two prokaryotes bumped into each other and formed the first multi-cellular organism. 65 million years ago an asteroid hit the earth and dinosaurs became extinct. Three days ago, in your notebook, you drew a mess of squiggles which to you represented Jackson Pollock's painting, Number 1, 1948. You wrote the word entropy on the upper left hand corner of the page. On the bottom right hand side you wrote, Creativity is based on randomness and chance. This paper will not try to determine why the dinosaurs became extinct or what caused two prokaryotes to form the first multi-cellular organism....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Macbeth - Symbols

- Throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth, numerous symbols are used. Many of these depict characters’ actions and appearances, emotions, and events that have happened previously in the play. Although there are many symbols used all through the play, there are three important groups of symbols that are used most regularly. These are blood, sleep and animals, which all have different representations. Blood is an important symbol that is used continuously in the play. In the beginning of the play, blood is something which represents courage and bravery....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analyzing The Old Man and the Sea Using Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Freudian Psychology

- Published in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea soon became Ernest Hemingway’s most influential and best praised book by critics worldwide. Both the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 were awarded to him “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence he has exerted on contemporary style.” Bernard Berenson, close friend and renowned art critic praised, “No real artist symbolizes or allegorizes – and Hemingway is a real artist – but every real work of art exhales symbols and allegories....   [tags: Symbols and Allegories]

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Commentary on Nietzche´s Philosophy about God and Humanity

- In this essay we will embrace Nietzsche’s philosophy for the sake of the fact that he proposed that God is dead, life is worthless, and fate ultimately surpasses faith. In the end, he provided for many, an alternative philosophy of life that became life affirming. On the other end, the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche has many diversions, for a countless number of reasons. Undoubtedly, most of those in disagreement to Nietzsche’s philosophy base their objections on a misperceived threat to their unwavering doctrine of religious faith....   [tags: Philosophy, Symbols]

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Symbolic References in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Jackson illustrates an average agricultural town that usually wouldn’t be given a second thought, but in this case the innocent appearance is holding a dark secret. Every year in the summer an annual tradition is held known as the lottery. The lottery is held in the small town in order to have a bountiful harvest. All the towns’ people gather and each head of the families must reach into an old black box to grab a white slip of paper. The lottery is then narrowed down to one family once all the white slips of paper are opened....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]

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Importance of Symbols

- Importance of Symbols In all novels the use of symbols are what make the story feel so real to the reader. A symbol as simple as a bird can mean so much more then what you see. Whereas a symbol as complicated as the sea, can mean so much less then what you thought. It is a person perception that brings them to the true meaning of a specific symbol. Symbols are message within a word that must be analyzed to discover. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin conveys her ideas by using carefully crafted symbols that reflect her characters' thoughts and futures....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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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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Democracy and Dictatorship in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

- Lord of the flies is not just a story about boys trapped on an island; it is a story about power struggle over democracy and dictatorship in societies. They are many objects used in the novel to show dictatorship and democracy. Also, they are many situations between characters in the novel to show the power struggles between the two ideologies. Between the power struggle, characters also use these objects to control emotions and people’s decisions in the novel. People and societies give away too much power to objects and let them control their lives....   [tags: Symbols, Power]

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Symbolic Advertences in The Lottery

- In everyday life, an object can be clearly explained to the audience if the author writes a symbol to represent it. Some pictures, colors, banners, and shapes can be used as a symbol. For instance, in some parts of the world the color white can represent purity in marriage while the color black represents death or evil. Colors can also represent the mood or tone of something in stories or articles. Shapes or signs may also be used as symbols. The infinity sign can be represent as a symbol in mathematics, the infinity sign explains that the number can go on forever....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]

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Symbols of Fire and Ice in Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

- Fire and Ice are the central motifs in Jane Eyre, which Bronte introduces to us to for the first time in this passage. Bronte expresses fire as an emblem of Jane's passion which is "alive, glancing, (and) devouring". Ice stiffens and restricts those it affects and throughout the novel is used in an effort to control this fire, and in this extract symbolises Mrs. Reed as she responds to Jane with coldness in an effort to control her. The result of these two opposites is an explosion of feelings, passion and power which allows the reader to see deeper into the character of Jane Eyre....   [tags: symbol, restrictions, burn]

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Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

- Down in Starkfield, Massachusetts dwells “the ruin of a man” (Wharton 3). Starkfield slowly displays itself as a sleepy town of monotony and woe with “perpetual pale skies” (Wharton 7). Stifled in a blanket of snow for more than half the year, it claims its inhabitants one by one as they slowly succumb to its hypnotic powers. One in particular suffers the most of all, Ethan Frome. His future once gleamed bright with the prospect of escaping Starkfield through the university, which he attended. He then leads a difficult life after the death of his father and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for his mother....   [tags: Ironic Symbols]

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Symbols and Symbolism in To Kill A Mockingbird - Symbols, Themes and Characters

- To Kill A Mockingbird - Symbols, Themes and Characters Now, you're probably wondering what is To Kill A Mockingbird all about. Well that is what I am going to be telling you about in this paper. You will find out that To Kill A Mockingbird is full of different themes, symbols, conflicts and many different characters. There is a theme of a coexistence of good and evil in this novel. Harper dramatizes Scout and Jem's transition from a perspective of childhood innocence. Many of the characters assume that people are good because they have never seen evil....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby

- Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby     People hold different things to be symbolic. Dove and peace, a rose and love; they are simple things yet widely symbolic. Symbolism is commonly used in literature to change or deepen meanings or instill a different meaning to the mind of the readers. The reader is forced to think, make connections, and succeed in adding a new meaning to the novel. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses symbolism in the form of his characters and to develop the theme, the corruption of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Animal Farm: Mollie Symbolism

- “Complex political positions and events can be represented by something seemingly simple or small. Ideas can be transmitted the same way.” This is done by using symbols. George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm, used symbolism to create a novel about a simple farm run by animals that also represents the Russian Revolution of 1917. His use of symbolism was so detailed; every action represented significance of the revolution, and every character represented an important person of the revolution, such as the color red symbolizing European Revolution since 1789, and beauty in Russia....   [tags: Language, Symbols]

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is filled with symbols and symbolism, which try to convey Fitzgerald's ideas to the reader. The symbols are uniquely involved in the plot of the story, which makes their implications more real. There are three major symbols that serve very important significance in the symbolism of the novel. They are "the valley of the ashes," the reality that represents the corruption in the world, the green light of Daisy's lap that Gatsby sees across the bay and lastly, the symbolism of the East Egg and West Egg or more important the east and the west of the country....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye

- Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye Throughout the novel, the reader is presented with various symbols. The symbols are clearly made evident by Holden’s constant repetition of their importance. The symbols are so important and their symbolism is directly related to the major themes of the novel.     Allie, Holden’s young brother who died several years earlier, was a key symbol throughout the story. When Holden remembers incidents from his past involving Allie, his attitude changes, such as when he writes the composition about Allie’s baseball glove or when Holden broke his hand after punching all of the windows after Allie died....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]

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Religious Symbols in Society: Church vs. State

- In our daily lives, without even recognizing it, there are religious symbols present all around us. If we are carrying money, “In God We Trust” is a religious symbol that is present on our currency. If we happen to say the pledge of allegiance we are saying “one nation under God” which alludes to God and the Catholic religion. Around the holidays, there are Christmas decorations present everywhere, which are religious symbols of the Catholic faith. None of these things seem bad or harmful to anyone in any way....   [tags: Religion]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye

- The Catcher in the Rye - Symbolism In the Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses different examples of symbolism throughout the novel to let the reader into the thoughts of Holden Caulfield.  Three major examples of his symbolism are the ducks with the frozen pond, Jane Gallagher, and the Museum of Natural History.  Salinger uses all three of these symbols to represent the thoughts of the central character, Holden Caulfield.     While Holden Caulfield is wondering around New York City, he asks many people what happens to the ducks when the pond freezes.  The repetition of this question symbolizes what Holden is truly asking for himself.  He isn't trying to find out what will happen...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

- Symbolism in Lord of the Flies In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the boys who are stranded on the island come in contact with many unique elements that symbolize ideas or concepts. Through the use of symbols such as the beast, the pig's head, and even Piggy's specs, Golding demonstrates that humans, when liberated from society's rules and taboos, allow their natural capacity for evil to dominate their existence. One of the most important and most obvious symbols in Lord of the Flies is the object that gives the novel its name, the pig's head....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]

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Setting and Symbols in The Mayor of Casterbridge

- Setting and Symbols in The Mayor of Casterbridge Modern critics consider Hardy a great writer and they consider The Mayor of Casterbridge one of Hardy¡¯s two great novels. Of all the Wessex¡¯s novels, however, this is the least typical. Although it makes much less use of the physical environment than do the others, we still cannot ignore the frequently use of symbols and setting in the novel. In my essay, I¡®ll analyze the function of the symbols and the setting in The Mayor of Casterbridge. The setting place of this novel is Casterbridge (England), a fictional town based on the city of Dorchester....   [tags: The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Essays]

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The Power and Problem of Religious Symbols: A Need for Change

- The Power and Problem of Religious Symbols: A Need for Change What it is a symbol. A symbol is most understandably defined by The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy as “something that represents or suggests something else… often takes the form of words, visual images, or gestures that are used to convey ideas and beliefs”. This definition is pretty self explanatory, it not only emphasizes the functional purpose of a symbol, that of being solely representative of something else, but also suggests that a symbol is not complete in itself - it makes a comparison by pointing to something else....   [tags: Religion]

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The Meanings and Functions of Symbols

- The Meanings and Functions of Symbols What are symbols. My sociological analysis of symbols is that they are social objects used for communication to self or for communication to others and to self. They are intentionally and unintentionally used incomplete objects, which continuously communicate meanings whether those meanings are tangible or emotional. Self is an object of the actor’s internal actions such as self-communication, self-perception, and self-control. Through self we communicate our identity, and direct our actions in situations internally and outwardly....   [tags: Papers]

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Symbols in The Great Gatsby

- Symbols in The Great Gatsby In the Great Gatsby, a lot of things can be looked at as symbols. The weather, Daisy’s dresses, the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, and even the lights. By using symbols, Fitzgerald makes the story more deep, and enjoyable for some readers. Fitzgerald also uses various themes throughout his story of the Great Gatsby, like Gatsby’s “American dream.” The two most important symbols in the story are the green lights at the end of daisy’s dock, and the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby     Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has more relevance in today’s society than it did when it was written. With the recent societal trend that emphasizes lack of morals and material wealth over a meaningful existence, Fitzgerald’s message really hits home. Which is more important - money or love. Social status or being true to oneself. Fitzgerald uses metaphor and symbols to great effect in order to illustrate what can happen when the pursuit of happiness becomes warped (by American ideals) into the pursuit of money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Use of Symbols in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

- Symbols and characters play major roles in representing power in works of literature. Therefore, an author uses these ‘symbols of power’ to control the characters and the overall course of the work. In Lord of the Flies symbols are both used by the characters and stand on their own. Fire on the island is a dual blade and Lord of the Flies impedes on progression. While these two symbols stand on their own, the characters use and are used by them. Ralph leads the boys to advancement while Jack stands as his opposition, both using other symbols of power to assist them....   [tags: Lord of the Flies]

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Important Symbols in The Glass Menagerie

- Important Symbols in The Glass Menagerie        In his play The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams uses a multitude of symbols. From these symbols, there comes a deeper understanding of the relationships between the play's four characters. The most obvious symbol in this play is Laura's glass menagerie, representing the world she lives in. Another recurring symbol is that of the fire escape. Outside the fire escape is the dance hall, a symbol for the reality of the outside world. Candles and rainbows are often mentioned in the play and carry a variety of meanings....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays]

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The Use of Symbols in Fireshadow

- The Use of Symbols in Fireshadow In the novel “Fireshadow” symbols are used in different ways and different contexts to suggest or represent something else without directly saying it. The symbols in “Fireshadow” add depth to the story and make you think about what’s happening. This essay will examine the various ways in which symbols, such as fire, scars and the bush, are used for this purpose. The main symbol used in “Fireshadow” is fire. It is used throughout the whole book to show death, loss, fear, destruction, growth and sterilization....   [tags: Analysis Symbolism]

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Themes & Symbols: Inherit The Wind

- Themes and Symbols: Inherit the Wind As probably the best courtroom dramas of the twentieth century, Inherit the Wind is based on the famous, Scopes Monkey Trial. The play was printed virtually thirty years afterward and takes original authority in varying the true-life elements of the court case. The central conflict of the play is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial itself. Several themes are presented throughout the play, for example when Brady argues for religious values while Drummond argues for natural values and freedom of thought....   [tags: American Literature]

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Symbols of the Hopi Pottery

- Symbols of the Hopi Pottery When most people look at a piece of pottery the first thing that comes to mind is the significance of the symbols and the stories behind these symbols. There are some symbols of Hopi pottery that have stories behind them and some that are symbols of either lost significance or the story is unknown. Some of the symbols we think of as symbols, are really the potters own design. Most people make the mistake that symbols and designs are the same thing, but in fact they are very different....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Many Symbols in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Many Symbols in Macbeth        Shakespeare used clothing both symbolically and as a vehicle of character definition. Clothes were often used in Macbeth's case to symbolize his titles.  Symbolic clothing is identified when Ross tells Macbeth of his new title Thane of Cawdor when Macbeth does not know of the Thane's treason, Macbeth: "The Thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me in Borrow'd robes?" (I, III,108) Symbols using clothing such as borrowed robes, disguises and cross-dressing are found in several plays where they betray a range of situations from sheer mischievousness to dark, treasonable or murderous plots....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Symbols in The Scarlet Letter

- Symbols in "The Scarlet Letter" In The Scarlet Letter, symbols appear everywhere. Hawthorne uses several different concrete objects to represent something of deeper meaning. Among these symbols is the scarlet letter "A" itself. It is made of red cloth and beautifully embroidered. It is a literal symbol of the sin of adultery. The letter "A" appears in several places and several forms. It is the letter that appears on Hester's heart that she is condemned to wear for the remainder of her life. At Governor Bellingham's mansion it is magnified in the breastplate....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Use of Symbols and Foreshadowing in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

- In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck chooses to use many different and unique symbols in order to help develop characters and to foreshadow upcoming events. The symbols used in this story give it a more effective message and provide a better understanding to what Steinbeck has intended to convey. He uses many different forms of symbolism, some which are objects while some are actual human relationships, in order to make the story more realistic and to give it a more insightful approach....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis]

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Use of Symbols in Ibsen's Play, A Doll's House

- Symbols are used universally to arouse interest and to stimulate the mind. Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, is filled with symbols that represent abstract ideas and concepts. These symbols successfully illustrate the inner conflicts that are going on between the characters. A few of the symbols are the Christmas tree, New year’s day, the title of the book and the nicknames Torvald called Nora emphasizes a theme of comparing perfect marriage relationship to the reality of the relationship, that is an artificial “Doll’s House” relationship....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay]

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Symbols and Characters of "Bread Givers".

- Symbols and Characters of "Bread Givers". One of the significant features of Jewish history throughout many centuries was migration. From the ancient pre-Roman times to medieval Spain to the present days the Jews were expelled from the countries they populated, were forced out by political, cultural and religious persecution, and sometimes were motivated to leave simply to escape economic hardship and to find better life for themselves and for their children. One of the interesting pages of Jewish history was a massive migration from Eastern Europe to America in the period between 1870 an 1920....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Symbols in The Scarlet Letter

-      Symbols unlock the secrets of a story. Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter, uses many symbols to represent different things. Some symbols represent the same thing. The letter “A” has many meanings, each character has their own meanings, and even the different parts of nature are symbols. Also, apart from providing structure for the novel, each scaffold scene conveys something different. One could say, arguably, that nearly everything in The Scarlet Letter is a symbol for something else.      In the novel, there are four different versions of the letter “A”....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne Essays]

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