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Marilyn Monroe: American Sex Symbol

- Marilyn Monroe was a woman who lived and thrived under the spotlight. Monroe has been immortalized in her words; she is quoted at one time saying, “I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best”. An American Icon is someone whose works, life, and message withstand the test of time. In order to understand Marilyn Monroe’s impact as America’s sex symbol one must have an explanation of her background, an overview of her career as an actress, and an analysis of her critic’s reviews....   [tags: Sex Symbol and Pop Icon]

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Symbol of the Conch in Lord of the Flies

- ... ‘Shut up. Wait. Listen!’ He went on in the silence, borne on in his triumph”(38). Because he used the Conch fairly, boys were fine to be ruled by Ralph, except Jack, who were a chief of the hunters, and because he was always the leader before, Jack disobeys Ralph and broke the rules. But before that, he was able to control the boys by the rule that nobody can interrupt when somebody has the Conch. Ralph had a leadership to control the boys. So the Conch and Ralph’s leadership had a great combination to be a leader of the boys....   [tags: power, demoncracy, unity]

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The Alamo: A Symbol of Texan Independence

- “Remember the Alamo” is a phrase that is etched in the American psyche. The Alamo became such a powerful symbol of the struggles of freedom vs. tyranny for several reasons including who died at the battle and the immediate effect it had on the fledgling Texan independence movement. Although the Battle of the Alamo was a military failure, it immediately became a symbol of Texas. The Alamo didn’t become a symbol of Texan independence because it was a good idea on the Texan’s part. It became a symbol of Texan independence because a lot of brave men made a very, very rash decision....   [tags: history of the lone star state]

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The Red Symbol in The Handmaid's Tale

- In the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale" written by Margaret Atwood, the color red is a reoccurring, significant symbol throughout the book. The dominant color of the novel, the color red is paired with the Handmaids. The Handmaids are always seen in their red uniform, even down to their red shoes and red gloves. From the opening pages of the novel we are informed that they are trained at the “Red Centre,” and we are introduced to the importance of the red imagery as Offred, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, describes herself getting dressed: “The red gloves are lying on the bed....   [tags: Literature, Margaret Atwood]

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English: A Symbol of Power in India

- Languages fundamentally serve as vehicles for people to communicate. Today, English language has been internationally recognized as a global language, which is highly correlated with the legacy of British colonization in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. India was colonized by the British from 1765 until its independence in 1947. (World English, 101) India, situated in South Asia, is geographically a huge territory with tremendously diverse ethnicities. Prior to the British colonization, India has multilingualism, in which each language is deeply rooted with its individual culture....   [tags: Language]

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Women: The Symbol of Strength and Endurance

- Women have been considered to be the symbol of strength for many centuries. Women have often been forced to be in charge of the family when the male in the family couldn’t. There are many times during wars that the men have to go off and fight, they leave their women behind. Then these women have to not only continue their responsibilities and take care of their families, they also have to take over the men’s responsibilities. Women also have to leave the people and the places that they love so that they can be with their husband....   [tags: A Wagner Matinée by Willa Cather]

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The Enneagram: A Mystical Symbol

- A symbol is an essential element in the communication process it is designed to represent something without it having to be a reproduction. It is something used to represent an idea, physical entity and process. A mystic symbol is a symbol that conceals meaning. Mystical symbols are mostly found in religious and traditional practices. There are many mystical symbols found in the world but this study paper will focus on the Enneagram. The enneagram is a symbol comprising of a circle with nine points on it....   [tags: religion, christians]

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Culture, Symbol, and Power

- ... Power has three dimensions to it. In the first one power is obviously seen, like students protesting, a war, etc. In the second dimension power becomes less visible. The people in power know how to manipulate issues or agendas and get outcomes favourable to them. “What counts as important issues: they are not those that are just subject of important conflict but also those that are prevented from becoming the subject of political challenge.” (pg.146). in the third dimension, power is literally hidden....   [tags: practices, rountine, beliefs, goals, political]

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The Symbol of the South

- The Symbol of the South The battle flag of the South stands above the capitol building in Columbia, SC. It waves proudly, echoing the lives and blood of men who sacrificed everything they were, and everything they had for something they believed in. They fought valliantly and bravely to protect their homeland, and to gain independence of the Union. The flag stands there, not as a symbol of hate, racial inequality, or blood-thirsty war, but as a symbol reflecting the rich South and the men who gave everything for it....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Symbol Of A Lion

- The symbol of the lion represents everything in the short story “A Lion on the Freeway”. It was written by Nadine Gordimer in her short story book called The Embrace of a Soldier. Gordimer was an African writer, and her stories have been translated into many languages including English for many people to enjoy. The story “A Lion on the Freeway” is about a lion which has escaped onto the freeway. Gordimer describes the scenery of a town with a zoo in it and how the main character can always hear the animals making noise, especially the lion....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Significance of a Symbol

- Significance of a Symbol Everyday people read stories or different kinds of books. In all of these stories there are many different symbols. These symbols represent something significant in the story. By reading these stories only once the person reading it may or may not realize these symbols. The significance of these symbols has a big effect on the story and what the story is about. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” there are many different significant symbols that could be analyzed....   [tags: Free Essays]

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The Symbol of Ignorance

- The Symbol of Ignorance Political emblems and logos can symbolize various things to various people. People see the same image but they do not look at it the same. To some, the representation may be positive, while to others it denotes a negative connotation. The National Rifle Association's emblem conveys ignorant ideologies. The National Rifle Association (NRA) founded in 1871 developed an icon that entails a n eagle grasping rifles in its feet while standing atop a shield painted like the American flag....   [tags: Gun Control Freedom Essays]

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Whale Symbol

- There are many views on the symbolism of the white whale in Melville’s book, Moby Dick. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim describes, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). The symbol of the white whale lends itself easily to this concept. To Ahab, the whale represents the wickedness of nature. To Starbuck, it is a product. To Ishmael, however, it is "portentous and mysterious"(Melville, 6). It rouses his curiosity, but he recognizes it as a thing secluded. It is an "overwhelming idea"(Melville, 6): an idea which is larger than his consciousness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Moby Dick]

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The Eagle a Symbol of Gods, Power, and Omen

- Many cultures have made use of symbols to portray ideas through art. Used by many cultures the eagle, represents three specific concepts. The eagle originated as a representation of the gods or things of divine power, which, many cultures would adopt. However, it would, become a symbol of power and victory that many cultures incorporated into their art. Many cultures would use the eagle to represent omen and prophecy. One common use of the eagle as a symbol is to represent gods or divine figures....   [tags: semiological analysis]

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The Cross: A Symbol of Faith, Hope and Love

- Whether dangling around one’s neck or inked onto a person’s body, put up on a wall or made into a statuette, the cross is an abundant symbol in today’s world. Its representation goes from consoling and comforting, to captivating and inspiring a great mass of people. From its earliest forms, to its adoption by Christianity, the cross has a long and powerful history, carrying with it a great amount of significance. It is amazing how two perpendicular lines can entice so much spirituality throughout human history....   [tags: Christianity ]

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A Focus on The National Symbol of the Dominican Republic

- Music, as many may know, is an important part of social life and culture. It is used as a form of communication for those that cannot find the correct words to express themselves. This paper will analyze and explore the role that music plays in understanding certain cultures. It will proceed to outline the social history of merengue music in the Dominican Republic, the relationship between merengue and and its path on becoming an important part the Dominican national identity. Music is an important vehicle through which cultural identities, and social values are formed and negotiated....   [tags: music, merengue, dominican republic]

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Symbol and Ironic References in The Story of an Hour

- The story of an hour its has lots of Irony and symbolism. Irony is a figure of speech where by an expression of something is made contrary the intending meaning. Symbolism is the applied use of symbol icon representations thatcarries particular conventional meaning. The term symbolism is often limited to use in contrast. All symbolic concepts can be viewed in relation where change in context may imply systemic change to individual and collective definition of symbol. This lady had a heart problem, she found out her husband was in train wreck she was sad but then she realized she was finally free she wasn’t as sad as people though she was she was actuallyhappy that she can tardy a new life....   [tags: peace, heart trouble, arm chair]

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The Symbol of Sin: The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Symbol of Sin Literary works have many literary devices in them and can include examples like themes, tones, plots, and symbols. Symbols specifically are a literary device that are very prominent in literary works and provide great meaning to the work. Symbolism can include objects, actions, or people in a story and they represent ideas that the author is trying to convey. In “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the birthmark is a symbol that represents sin in life and the fact that no matter how hard people try to be perfect, they will always have flaws....   [tags: Aylmer and Georgiana, death]

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Symbol and Irony in The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- “The Awakening” Symbolism, Irony In Kate Chopin's short story “The Awakening”, the voice of the story portrays a woman with sexual aspirations, and moral female social rules in search for independence and self discovery. The story is based on the 19th century woman. During this time women barely had any freedom, were not recognized within the society and had no choice but to me submissive to their husbands. The main character of the story named Edna is portrayed to be a happy woman because she has everything; a wealthy, attentive husband, and two children....   [tags: sexual aspirations, social rules]

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Uncle Al: A Symbol of American Capitalism

- In Sarah Gruen’s novel, Water for Elephants, the character “Uncle Al” plays a very minor yet significant role. Uncle Al’s character is truly the backbone of the Benzeni Brothers and essentially, the embodiment of American capitalism. This essay will illustrate how Uncle Al’s character is reflective of the American capitalism ideology by examining the indifferent relationship he shares with the workers and animals, his unregulated business tactics and the social stratification of his circus. To begin with, Uncle Al’s main priorities are for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show On Earth to attract as many ‘rubes’ as possible, to outdo The Ringling Brothers and for his performers and anim...   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Housing as Social Status Symbol in Rome

- A home is a place to call one’s own. It is used for social interactions, shelter, and daily human maintenance. Houses also play a role in social structure. A person can be defined by the type of house they have because it symbolizes their income. This rule is active in modern and ancient civilizations. In Rome, housing was used to symbolize wealth and power: the bigger the house, the higher the status. Housing has always been a symbol of income and importance. In ancient Rome, this stereotype plays a significant role in society....   [tags: Roman History, Roman Culture]

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The Mercury Symbol

- The Mercury Symbol My mom’s former boyfriend Rick, now known as Andrea, became a woman over a decade ago. Andrea is a transgender person whom the Mercury symbol represents. For transgender people, the Mercury symbol stands for their personal inner striving to become the gender they feel they were meant to be, equality, and pride. Happily, Andrea and my mom have remained friends since she became a woman. For many people who cross the gender line, acceptance does not always come so easily....   [tags: Sex Gender Crossdresser Transsexual Essays]

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The Democratic Symbol

- The Democratic Symbol The word “donkey” has come to have a negative connotation in today’s society. In Webster’s Handy College Dictionary, the definition for a donkey is “an ass” or “a stupid or obstinate person”. One would presume that with such a meaning, the Democratic Party, one of the main political parties in the United States, would not be associating itself with such a negative symbol. The first use of the “donkey” as the Democratic symbol occurred during Andrew Jackson’s run for president in 1828....   [tags: Politics Government Symbolism Essays]

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Symbol and Allegory

- The use of symbol in poetry and in literature as a whole is commonplace because it is an outlet for the author’s creative psyche. A symbol is a creative use of metaphor, using a comparison but not just a direct comparison. The author attempts to achieve the effect that there is much more than just the reader’s initial reaction creating a want to delve deeper into the true meaning, leaving a vast space of interpretation. Allegory on the other hand is a specific comparison, a symbol that is set in its meaning....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Symbol Of America

- The thing that I see that represents America is Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There have been numerous historical events that have been the basis for the forming of the United States of America that took place inside Independence Hall. Basically, everything that happened during the time of the Thirteen Colonies and a period of time after the Revolutionary War that involved political affairs, all took place in Independence Hall. This place was pretty much the earlier version of the United States Congress back in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter

- Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, is a symbol of sin and adultery in the sense that she leads Dimmsdale and Hester to their confession and the acceptance of their sins. A beauitful daughter of the towns adulturist has somtimes demon like traits. She is also the only living symblol of the scarlet letter "A". In another way Pearl also makes a connection between Dimmsdale and Hester. Initially Pearl is the symbol of Hesters public punishment for her adultery....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Symbol of the Heart in The Floating Opera

- The Symbol of the Heart in The Floating Opera     The heart is the dominant symbol in The Floating Opera, more important even than the symbol of the showboat of the novel's title. From beginning to end the book is richly populated by references to the heart on both a literal, physical level, and a figurative, symbolic one. In the first case, literal references are made to Todd's heart condition. In the second case, the heart plays two symbolic roles; not only does it serve as a symbol of Todd's emotional and non-rational side, but the frailty of Todd's heart serves as a correlative for the fragility of all human life....   [tags: Floating Opera Essays]

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Scarlet Letter - Pearl as a symbol

- Scarlet Letter - Pearl as a symbol Pearl is a symbol of Hester’s transgressions and even has similar qualities as the sin which she represents. Pearl’s life and behavior directly reflects the unacceptable and abnormal nature of Hester’s adulterous sin. Hester is plagued with more than just a letter “A”; she is given a child from her affair who is just as much a reminder of her sin as the scarlet letter. Ultimately Hester overcomes the shame associated the scarlet letter and creates a sense of family for herself and Pearl....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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the letter a as a symbol in the scarlet letter

- Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter there are many symbols. One of the biggest symbols of the novel is the scarlet letter A that Hester Prynne is sentenced to wear after she commits adultery. It is a symbol that is sewn onto her clothes for everyone to see. It is a punishment that is meant to humiliate her for the duration of the time that she stays in Puritanical Boston. During the novel, the scarlet letter changes and evolves from meaning adultery to meaning ability and even physically changes its form....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby

- Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby Cars play a very important part in the telling of The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is a very dark, unhappy book, and the cars really exemplify this. "…cars change their meaning and become a symbol of death" (Dexheimer). Cars also give the reader insight into some of the different characters in the book. One of the most important jobs of cars in this book is to foreshadow upcoming events. Throughout the book, there are many devastating and dark events that these cars represent....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Cars Essays]

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The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick

- The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick That there are various perspectives to the white whale as symbol is a result of the value which Melville accords the symbol as a medium of expression. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim terms, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). Visible objects are as masks through which one can educe universal and significant order. The "eyes are windows"(Melville, 9) through which one "can see a little into the springs and motives which [are] cunningly presented ....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays Whale Essays]

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Symbol of the Bull in Greenleaf

- Symbol of the Bull in Greenleaf Animals are often used by authors of novels and short stories as literary symbols. In "Greenleaf," a short story by Flannery O'Connor, a bull is used to represent Jesus Christ. O'Connor does this according to how the bull looks, how it is rejected, and how it seems to offer grace to Mrs. May. The first way O'Connor uses the bull to represent Christ is by appearance. A few times in the story the bull seems to be lit up like the sun or by the moon. This is comparable to Jesus because many people imagine Christ as a person or a spirit with rays of light flowing from Him....   [tags: Flannery O'Connor Greenleaf Essays]

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Multiple Meanings of a Symbol in Paseo

- Multiple Meanings of a Symbol in Paseo                        The use of symbolism has long been a technique by which an author can present far more than the literal meaning of a story. However, symbols are not always easily defined; indeed, it is sometimes possible that one symbol in a story may be endowed with multiple meanings, all of which lead the reader to a greater understanding of the author's message. Such is the case in Jose Donoso's short story "Paseo." The story is told from the point of view of a grown man looking back on the isolated, frightened child he was....   [tags: paseo]

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Protecting The Symbol of Our Country

- Protecting The Symbol of Our Country On June 12,1997 the Flag Amendment was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 310 to 114. The Amendment gives Congress the right to prevent the physical desecration of the American flag. “Today’s vote is strong evidence that the voice of the American people has been heard and heeded by the US House of Representatives”(Flag Alliance, Inc. 1), says Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who is the head of the Citizens Flag Alliance(CFA). Today, forty-nine state legislatures have made it clear to Congress that they want flag protection laws....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Symbol Of Blood In Macbeth

- The Symbol Of Blood In Macbeth Blood is something that we need to live. So it is clearly understood when Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood to represent murder, betrayal, and death, to show all of the evil that was going on. It is a symbol that was used the most in the play Macbeth, and had different meanings. One of the first references to blood represents a feeling of honour, and bravery. It is in Act I scene 2 line 1. Duncan says, “What bloody man is that?” when he sees the injured sergeant....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Barbie is Not a Sex Symbol

- Barbie is Not a Sex Symbol Barbie, America's number one selling doll, was not a sex symbol. With the aid of a child's imagination, she could be -and do- anything a child wanted. Barbie has endured through decades of social and political upheaval -not to mention the countless attacks by feminists. How did she do it. By staying abreast of the times and by employing some of the savviest marketing in American business history. Barbie is sold in more than 140 countries, accounts for 38 percent of Mattel's sales, and has had more than 500 make overs in her career....   [tags: Papers]

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The Problem of Symbol in Philosophy

- The Problem of Symbol in Philosophy missing works cited "The man of the world" is indivisible from the point of view of the consciousness. The categories of space and time are disposed outside his mind, out of the limits of his conscience. "The wanderer everywhere" is a metaphysical hero; traveling along the landscape of thought, he moves absolutely freely, notwithstanding the national or temporal forms it (that is, the thought) takes. For all these are living forms, and the traveler is metaphysically alive....   [tags: Symbolism Religion Essays]

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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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Pearl: A Symbol of Evil in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Pearl: A Symbol of Evil. From the first time we hear of Pearl, Hawthorne uses her as a symbol of Hester’s sin. He not only uses her to remind Hester of what she did, but also as what she could never be. He uses many different references in the book pertaining to Hester’s plight, most of which involve Pearl. So is Pearl a symbol of evil. The very first time Hawthorne uses Pearl as a symbol is when he is talking about the one thing that attracts her attention. “The infants’ eyes had been caught by the glimmering of the gold embroidery about the letter.” (79) The scarlet letter “A” is a beautiful sight to Pearl....   [tags: literary techniques, literary criticism]

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The Power of a Symbol in The Yellow Wallpaper, The Glass Menagerie and The Lottery

- Years ago, Sister Mary Corita Kent, a celebrated artist and educator of the 1960’s and 1970’s stated, “A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it” (Lewis "Quotes from Women Artists"). Nowadays, a painting is not the main form of art humans appreciate. In fact, literature of all sorts can be considered a different form of art and often found in literature are symbols....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Branding: How Important Can a Symbol Really Be?

- When you walk down the street, you are bombarded with signs, storefront displays, and billboards showing off their newest products and sporting their new logos or brands. Using a logo or a symbol to identify them with the everyday consumer, so that when they see that symbol or “brand,” they know exactly who made the product. The brand, in essence is the personality and the identity of a company, artist, or studio. Take for example, the logo of an apple. Everyone knows that “Apple” products are made by none other than the famous Macintosh....   [tags: Marketing ]

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Caves as Symbol of Chaos

- The use of caves in mythology to depict darkness and abandonment has branded it as a symbol of chaos. From this perception other associations are made which connect the cave to prejudices, malevolent spirits, burial sites, sadness, resurrection and intimacy. It is a world to which only few venture, and yet its mysticism has attracted the interest of philosophers, religious figures and thinkers throughout history. These myths are exemplified in Homer’s "Odyssey," where the two worlds of mortals and immortals unite in the eternal cave....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Water A Vital Symbol In The Lives Of The Israelite People

- Throughout the assigned Jewish scriptural texts of Genesis and Exodus, the scope of water’s symbolism encompasses the powers of destruction, deliverance, and promise. Its character is dually displayed as it manifests itself to be both a life taker and a life giver, a life force sustainer and a life force destroyer. As a life taker, water becomes the destructive force that obliterates the wicked people of Noah’s day, and punishes the people and land of Egypt during Pharaoh’s unyielding reign. In contrast, as a symbol of salvation, water provides deliverance to Moses and the Israelites....   [tags: expository essay]

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The Symbol of Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

- The scarlet letter is a symbol of guilt with the power to transform not only its wearer, but everyone involved in its inaugural scandal. Pearl and the letter share a certain relationship, and at times seem to mirror each other, as they exhibit similar tendencies. As children of indignity alike, they unconsciously serve as emotional grim reapers, and together, they unwillingly carry out the supernatural mandate of punishment rationed to them through sadistic and demoniac means. Because the two chosen are but unwilling situational puppets strewn by fate, it is impossible for self proclaimed vigilantes of the paranormal to come out unscathed....   [tags: the scarlet letter]

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Symbol of Success is Auto Industry in South Africa

- Introduction A successful automotive industry is often seen as a symbol of the economic success of a country and the automotive industry plays a key part in the economic well-being of South Africa’ South Africa has its own original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as BMW, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler-Chrysler/Mercedes, General Motors and Toyota and automotive components manufactures (ACMs), which are located in three of the nine provinces in south Africa (Naude, 2009:10). An important and most efficient tool that is used by the South African automotive industry is buyer-supplier collaboration which is aligned with the objective of this assignment to identify and discuss the factors...   [tags: manufacturing, economy, suppliers]

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Theme and Symbol in Ethan Frome

- Divided between the two women, Ethan Frome is a highly confused man. He seeks to find some “ease and freedom” represented by Mattie, but society would not allow him to do so. Society instead compels him to accept its burden represented for him in the shape of Zeena, although it means the ruin of his life. The social pressure, whether it takes the form of conventional morality or any other forms, offers Ethan blind opposition at every turn, leashing his actions “like the jerk of a chain” (p.3). Aware that he has not even the money to take Mattie with him to the West, for instance, Ethan starts on foot for Starkfield to ask Andrew Hale, the village carpenter, for an advance on some lumber....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Symbol of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Symbol of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Blood represents life, death and often injury. It is an essential part of life, and without blood, we could not live. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood to represent treachery, murder and death. The word "blood", or different forms of it, appear numerous times throughout the play. Interestingly, the symbol of blood changes throughout the play, corresponding to the atmosphere and mood changes in the characters and the play. First, blood is a reference of honor, and this occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says, "What bloody man is that?"(1.2.1)....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Essays]

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Icon or Symbol: A Teacher's Moral Dilemma

- Icon or Symbol: A Teacher's Moral Dilemma Works Cited Missing It all happened so quickly. One moment I was at my blackboard, the next moment I was between two juvenile males who were trying to prove a "pride point" with their fists. I had, without a conscious thought about it, drawn a crown on the board. Next I heard chairs hitting the floor and screams of profanity. I was called a not-so-nice name by one of my students, followed by his strange comment: "We know who your favorites in this class are." Another student from across the room overturned his chair and, breath coming fast, managed to get out the words "Don't get on her, man....   [tags: Education Teaching Papers]

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The Symbol of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The Symbol of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth had many symbols, which were linked to the themes in the play. One of the symbols would be blood, and the theme to follow through with it is murder, and the dread associated with murder. A lot of the scenes in the play, involving killing, have blood stated. Blood is a significant symbol, when connected to the theme of killing, and is used as a foreshadowing device as well. The first reference of blood is one of honor, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says, "What bloody man is that?"(Act 1 Sc ii, line 1)....   [tags: Papers]

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Wonder Woman: A Symbol of the Feminist Movement

- "William Marston was an unusual man—a psychologist, a soft-porn pulp novelist, more than a bit of a carny, and the (self-declared) inventor of the lie detector. He was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the comic that he used to express two of his greatest passions: feminism and women in bondage."(Berlatsky, 2015) For over 60 years, Wonder Woman has filled the pages of her magazine with adventures ranging from battling Nazis, to declawing human-like Cheetahs. Her exploits thrilled and inspired many young girls, including Gloria Steinem....   [tags: Wonder Woman, Bondage, Feminism]

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Sir Gawain - An Ideal Symbol of Chivalry

- Sir Gawain - An Ideal Symbol of Chivalry The chivalric code is a very complex, and perhaps somewhat foreign concept to a modern person. There are many rules and taboos that a knight must obey. Indeed, the very concepts of honor, love, and humility have been raised to the highest conceivable power, making it almost impossible for a mortal to become a true, perfect knight. Sir Gawain, in the passage [Norton, 1535-1622] of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, proves himself to be an ideal symbol of chivalry....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

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Anarchy: Political Ideals To A Symbol Of Unconformity

- Anarchy: Political Ideals To A Symbol Of Uncoformity “Anarchism, then really stands for the liberation of human mind from the domination of religion, The liberation of the human body from the domination of property, Liberation from the shackles and restraints of government”#-Emma Golman. During the late 1800’s urbanization began to inflict the cities and the industrial revolution began resulting in governments gaining more and more power. “The state is authority; its force”#-Mikhail Bakunin. As the governments grew it was believed the state was more concerned with its growing power rather than the interests of the people....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Norma to Marilyn: The Evolution of a Sex Symbol

- “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” This quote made by Marilyn Monroe describes her impeccably. Marilyn lived a very fast-paced life that was anything, but dull. Still, today she is known as one of the biggest sex symbols of all time, but she had not always been in the spotlight. Marilyn had many struggles in her upbringing, but it made her into the icon she is. Marilyn was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926....   [tags: imperfection, monroe, beauty]

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Comparative Commentary: Dualism of Fire as a Symbol

- Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate is the fantastic and romantic depiction of a young Mexican girl named Tita who, in accordance with Mexican tradition, cannot marry because she is the youngest girl in the family. The depravity her situation is only compounded by Mama Elena, her castrating mother, who does everything to make Tita’s life miserable. Tita’s only escape from her monotonous and demanding life comes when a fiery Pedro Musquez asks for her hand in marriage. Tita is crestfallen when she discovers that her own mother selfishly denies her Pedro, but this does not stop the fiery passion Tita and Pedro share....   [tags: Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate]

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The Pardoner, a Symbol of Greed in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

- Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous medieval classic, The Canterbury Tales, offers its readers a vast array of characters. This God’s plenty features numerous unique and challenging individuals, but there is one specifically who stands out as particularly interesting. The immoral Pardoner, who, in a sense, sells away his soul for the sake of his own avarice, puzzles many modern readers with his strange logic. Already having laid his considerable guilt upon the table, this corrupted agent of the Church attempts to pawn off his counterfeit relics for a generous price....   [tags: Canterbury Tales]

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The Rope Ladder: A Shifting Symbol in Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes

- ... However without the ladder, freedom seems elusive and unattainable. Kobo Abe made the authorial decision to remove the ladder from Niki’s possession in order to create mounting tension. His efforts will manifest in later, when he creates a grappling hook/ladder in order to escape and then finally, when he accepts his imprisonment as a type of freedom. The conditions of freedom are confined by the ladder, as a distinction is made that that it is a “rope ladder” (32). This detail characterizes the rope ladder as a malleable and deceptive object....   [tags: semiological analysis]

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Flight as a Literal and Metaphorical Symbol in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

- In Song of Solomon, a novel by Toni Morrison, flight is used as a literal and metaphorical symbol of escape. Each individual character that chooses to fly in the novel is “flying” away from a hardship or a seemingly impossible situation. However, by choosing to escape, one is also deliberately choosing to abandon family and community members. The first reference to this idea is found in the novel’s epigraph: “The fathers may soar/ And the children may know their names,” which introduces the idea that while flight can be an escape, it can also be harmful to those left behind....   [tags: Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison]

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The Rope Ladder: A shifting Symbol in Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes

- Kobo Abe begins his novel, The Woman in the Dunes, in an unnamed village where the residents trick the protagonist, Junpei Niki, to climb down a steep rope ladder into a sand hole. The ladder leads Niki into imprisonment, and its disappearance causes Niki to panic. Although a simple tool, the rope ladder continues to appear in the novel physically and in Niki’s desires. The rope ladder in Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes is a layered symbol used to intensify the reader’s understanding of Niki’s imprisonment, his feelings of hope, and his quest for freedom....   [tags: Junpei Niki, imprisonment, freedom]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Symbol of Pearl

- The Symbol of Pearl In Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, is the human symbol of the sin of adultery in the fact that she leads her mother, Hester Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale to accept and admit to their sin. Pearl is the beautiful daughter of Hester and Dimmesdale. She is the living symbol of the scarlet letter and has unique traits that make her sometimes appear as a demon. Her love for nature and freedom, her spirit, her wildness, her loneliness and separation from the world, her curiosity, and her innocent but symbolic comments reveal her distinct personality....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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- Use of Clothing as a Symbol in The Awakening In the novel, The Awakening, Kate Chopin takes Edna Pontellier on a journey of self-discovery. In doing this, she uses many symbols to show the relationship between Edna and the world. Clothing, or rather, the lack thereof, displays this relationship well. As Edna progresses throughout the novel, she discards more and more layers of the confining ìclothingî that surrounds her body and soul. By taking off her clothing, one piece at a time, she disobeys the rules that society has set for her, and in doing this, she exerts her independence....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism - Flowers as a Symbol in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Flowers as a Symbol in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck       In romantic or sexual context, a woman is often said to be as beautiful as a flower. In John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums", Elisa Allen never receives this recognition. Although she is a strong woman, she is frustrated because her husband will not admire her romantically in any way. This frustration only deepens because she is childless and feels the need to be a mother. She discovers an outlet for her frustration in a flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays Papers]

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Symbols and Symbolism - Pearl as Living Symbol in The Scarlet Letter

- Pearl as Living Symbol in The Scarlet Letter       Pearl.  A child born of sin.  Conceived by lust.  Created by impurity.           As the result of her parents fall from grace, she represents the sinfulness of their act, and is a continual tool for the recollection of their dubious deed.  Sent, was she, from the Almighty God as a gift, and a burden of the heart.           "'God gave me the child?' cried she.  'He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me.  She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less!  See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million fold the power of retributio...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism - Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby

- Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby         Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald displays a superior use of symbols such as color, light, and heat. Fitzgerald’s superior use of heat as a symbol is the focus of this essay. “When F. Scott Fitzgerald turns on the heat in Gatsby, he amplifies a single detail into an element of function and emphasis that transforms neutral landscapes into oppressive prisms” (Dyson 116)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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symbolaw Symbols and Symbolism - Birds as a Symbol in The Awakening

- Birds as the Symbol of Bondage and Freedom in The Awakening Birds that are enclosed in cages indicate solitude and bondage; those that roam in the open air above the seas represent freedom and happiness. The captivity or freedom of these animals is the symbolism that Chopin uses to illustrate the captivity Edna experiences from society and the freedom she desires.  Through this vivid bird imagery in her novel The Awakening, Chopin elucidates the struggle and freedom Edna encounters....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Heart of Darkness - The Symbol of Ivory

- The Symbol of Ivory in Heart of Darkness In Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad often uses vague,"muted" descriptions, leaving a melange of possible meanings in the reader's lap. One exception to this trend is Conrad's symbolic use of ivory. Within the frame of the story, his references to ivory can obviously be seen as a representation of the white man's greed. Towards the end of the book ivory comes to symbolize the oozing evil that drips from the heart of darkness. It isn't long before Conrad makes a commentary on the greed of the whites....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]

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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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Pearl as a Symbol in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in this novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. The novel opens with a scene in which we learn about the sin Hester has committed, adultery. Hester has a baby and she refuses to turn in her baby's father, Arthur Dimmesdale. Because this sin is considered to be one of the worst in the Puritan society, Hester is forced to wear a scarlet "A" which stands for adultery....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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bloodmac Shakespeare's Macbeth - Symbol and Symbolism of Blood

- Blood as a Symbol in Macbeth                In Macbeth, many symbols are used that parallel major themes in the play. One of these symbols is blood, and the theme that it reinforces is killing, and the fear associated with killing. Many scenes in the play involving murder also have blood mentioned, although not necessarily during the murder. The use of blood as a symbol is very important when connected to the theme of killing, and is used as a foreshadowing device as well.       The first time Shakespeare uses blood as a symbol takes place in Act II Scene II, when Macbeth is going to kill Duncan....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]

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William Carlos Williams' The Rose - A Symbol of Love

- William Carlos Williams' The Rose - A Symbol of Love William Carlos Williams was a poet and writer who defied norms and constrictions in order to achieve new perspective and enlightenment, especially when it involved the tried and true. He sought to bring new life to old concepts through allowing imagination to shape the form, instead of allowing old ideas to influence our understanding of the subject. This is especially true in the poem "The Rose", which approaches a subject that may induce thoughts of significant others and prom-night disasters, and instead elaborates on the roots of the age-old symbol for love....   [tags: Williams Rose Essays]

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The American Flag: Symbol of the Vanishing American Dream

- When the flag was first made, it symbolized freedom and opportunity for both citizens of American and the immigrants. There was the dream that America was a place of freedom, where you could do what you want, say what you want, and get a job or own your own land. For some, that dream became a reality, but for many of those immigrants, it has proven to be just that, a dream. Is this piece of cloth we hold in such high regard simply an ironic symbol or the American dream. Does it truly symbolize freedom and opportunity, or is it simply a token for those who want to flaunt their opinions and financial status.....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Essay on the Symbol of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Symbol of Pearl in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl symbolizes a real and constant reminder of Hester’s sins, she is much more prominent and evident than the “A” that Hester wore, for she is a real living breathing person who will always remain a part Hester. Hawthorne places Pearl in the novel to explore the theme of Romanticism, to create a character who is passionate and true, one who questions the behavior and values of Hester and Dimmesdale....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Symbol of the Rose in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily

- The Symbol of the Rose in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Miss Emily Grierson is a lonely old woman, living a life void of all love and affection; although the rose only directly appears in the title, the rose surfaces throughout the story as a symbol. In contemporary times, the rose also symbolizes emotions like love and friendship. The rose symbolizes dreams of romances and lovers. These dreams belong to women, who like Emily Grierson, have yet to experience true love for themselves....   [tags: William Faulkner A Rose for Emily]

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Jack as Symbol of Anarchy and Savagery in Lord of the Flies

- Jack as Symbol of Anarchy and Savagery in Lord of the Flies Golding's motives for choosing the island setting for the novel, Lord of the Flies was to have the characters isolated, where the laws of their governments could not reach them. The boys on the island represented a microcosm of world society. Golding chose children because they have not yet been fully conditioned by society to understand right from wrong, and thus are guided by their instinct and what is inherent within them....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]

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The Pardoner as Symbol in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

- The Pardoner as Symbol for the Pilgrims’ Unattainable Goals in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer’s work, The Canterbury Tales, paints a portrait of medieval life through the voices and stories of a wide variety of speakers. The people on the Pilgrimage tell their stories for a wide range of reasons. Each Tale is told in order to accomplish two things. The Tales provoke their audience as much as they are a kind of self-reflection. These reactions range from humor, to extreme anger, to open admiration....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Symbol and Symbolism of Water in Toni Morrison's Beloved

- The Powerful Symbol of Water in Beloved Water. It expresses its’ power in the form of hurricanes and flash floods. It displays its gentleness, washing dirt off a child's scabbed knee. Water has been used to quench the thirst of many longing throats; and it has been the cause of death to those who unfavorably crossed its path. It possesses the power of total destruction, yet it holds the bases of all life. Generally, water has symbolized cleanliness and renewal. In the Bible, water was used in Baptism, cleansing the soul of original sin and offering a new life in the light of God....   [tags: Toni Morrison Beloved Essays]

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Automobiles as a Symbol of Prosperity in 1920’s America

- Automobiles as a Symbol of Prosperity in 1920’s America The automobile was one of the biggest and most important features of the 1920’s. Automobiles not only were a symbol of social status, but also had become so popular that nearly every family owned a car. Automobile production and sales fueled the economy and created an item that remains the centerpiece of daily life. Just as computers are now a part of daily life, the automobile did the same thing in the 1920’s. As men returned from war, the new and hot item to own was a car....   [tags: American History]

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James Joyce's Araby - The Symbol of the Church in Araby

- James Joyce's Dubliners - The Symbol of the Church in Araby Joyce's short story "Araby" is filled with symbolic images of a church. It opens and closes with strong symbols, and in the body of the story, the images are shaped by the young), Irish narrator's impressions of the effect the Church of Ireland has upon the people of Ire-land. The boy is fiercely determined to invest in someone within this Church the holiness he feels should be the natural state of all within it, but a succession of experiences forces him to see that his determination is in vain....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]

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Color as a Symbol and Symbolism in Toni Morrison's Beloved

- Use of Color as a Symbol in Beloved         In Beloved, Toni Morrison portrays the barbarity and cruelty of slavery. She emphasizes the African American’s desire for a new life as they try to escape their past while claiming their freedom and creating a sense of community.  In Beloved, "Much of the characters’ pain occurs as they reconstruct themselves, their families, and their communities after the devastation of slavery" (Kubitschek 115). Throughout the novel, Morrison uses color to symbolically represent a life complete with happiness, freedom, and safety, as well as involvement in community and family....   [tags: Toni Morrison Beloved Essays]

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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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A Journey into Drama: An Analysis of Setting in Feminist Plays

- ... He also states that “she looked queer.” These statements denote a belief that Mrs. Wright was incompetent, and that she was not acting as a woman shall after their husband dies. The setting of the cold farm, and delipidated home are symbolic for the inferior nature of an early 1900’s woman. The enclosement of women is present in her mental state of non-action while in her rocker. Enclosed and defined space is a major aspect of another dramatic feminist work: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman....   [tags: setting, plays, symbol, ownership]

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