Biblical Symbols

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  • John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Biblical Symbols and Symbolism

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    Biblical Symbolism in East of Eden Throughout the novel East of Eden, Steinbeck uses many biblical references to illustrate clearly the conflict between the opposing forces of good and evil. Much of the plot of East of Eden is centered upon the two sets of brothers representing Cain and Abel.  Both pairs are similar to Cain and Abel in the way they go about winning their fathers’ favors.  All four give gifts to their fathers, and the fathers dismiss the gifts of Charles and Caleb, the Cain representations

  • Biblical Symbols and Symbolism in John Steinbeck's East of Eden

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    Biblical Symbolism in East of Eden John Steinbeck includes more of the tale of Genesis: 4 than is actually told in the bible.  The basis of this is a Jewish story involving twin sisters of both Cain and Abel.  The two disputed over Abel’s twin whom Abel was to marry.  Cain murdered Abel and wed the twin sister of his brother (Fonterose, Joseph. p.3380).  The story differs also in that it is Abel who leaves his home instead of Cain.  Abel found his Eden, represented by Salinas Valley, but lost

  • “In the Penal Colony”: A religious synthesis

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    coherent interpretation of the biblical symbols in the story, in which all parallels function meaningfully, presents an unorthodox and uniquely personal vision of traditional theology”(113). Kafka’s inversion of traditional theology is evident and, although clearly unorthodox an analysis that discards the possibility of biblical symbols in “In the Penal Colony” is a contradictory interpretation of the text it self. In order to expose the essential biblical symbols found in “In the Penal Colony”

  • Passion Play Analysis

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    for fish, ICHTHYS, serves as an acrostic for the phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”, which relates the symbol to Christ (McClintock and Strong 1047). The symbol of the fish can also represent individuals outside of the Church, lost in the seas of sin (Drewer 533). Ruhl uses this dual meaning of fish within Passion Play to further endow the characters of Pontius and John with biblical characteristics and representation. Pontius removes the guts from fish for a living and plays the roles of Pilate

  • Biblical Symbolism In Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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    discussions is the apparent religious symbolism present throughout this poem. "The Ancient Mariner" contains natural, gothic, and biblical symbolism; however, the religious and natural symbolism, which coincide with one another, play the most important roles in this poem (Piper 43). It is apocalyptic and natural symbolism that dominates the core of this poem (43). The biblical symbolism found in this poem mainly reflects the apocalypse, as it deals with the Mariner's revelation that good will triumph

  • A Worn Path - Eudora Welty

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    many biblical allusions as well. Phoenix Jackson is not only symbolic of the mythological bird that rose from the ashes of its own demise or simply a Christ figure comparable to the Son of God, but she is also a biblical hero facing temptation and trials along her journey and succeeds unharmed and steadfast in her faith. Since Welty's tale is such a simple one, readers are forced to find the more obvious symbolism and then must delve deeper into the text to find the more meaningful symbols. In

  • Scarlet Letter

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    Letter and Biblical figures and accounts. A few of the devices found in this novel that connect it to the Bible are symbolism, paradox, allusions, and characterization. It is important to first look at the characters and how they are described through characterization. The first rhetorical device is characterization. The way the main characters are described by Hawthorne sets up how they will be perceived. It is through this that we see the first inklings of biblical figures. Biblical characters

  • Analysis Of The Joads Family In The Grapes Of Wrath

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    grandparents can be seen as martyrs in the allusional sense. Another example of a biblical allusion in The Grapes of Wrath is the Exodus. This allusion is interpreted because the Joads embark on a mass migration with the other migrant farmers from Oklahoma to California, which is part of the main plot in the novel. One of the main characters in the novel Jim Casy, is also another example of biblical allusions. Jim Casy is a biblical allusion because he is resembled as Jesus Christ. One reason is that Jim

  • Donatello Bronze David Analysis

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    of the Old Testament hero, David. It is clear that both of Donatello’s sculptures had political ideas imbedded in them as per the Medici’s request. The first version commissioned in 1408, made out of marble was a more gothic representation of a Biblical figure and more typical of Donatello's early work which was heavily influenced by his teacher Lorenzo Ghiberti. The second version of David, radically different from its predecessor, rejected traditional representations with its sensuous youth and

  • Essay on Symbols and Symbolism in Toni Morrison's Beloved

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    Symbolism in Beloved Toni Morrison enhances the effectiveness of Beloved with symbolism. This symbolism has a myriad of origins as well as forms. Number symbols come from astrological sources, while characters' names are allusions from ancient Egyptian mythology, the Bible, and African culture. Furthermore, important color symbols are discernible throughout the novel. From the very beginning of Beloved, the number 124 is distinguishable. In fact, it appears as the first character of each