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  • Symbolism In The Glass Menagerie - 603 words
    Throughout "The Glass Menagerie", Tennessee Williams utilizes a variety of symbols. The symbols create innusual vibes that make the entire play. The symbols range from the jonquils to the unicorn. The jonquils that are referred to from time to time throughout the drama represent Amanda's obsession with her youthful past. "jonquils became an absolute obsession" p.951. When Amanda is taken back to her youthful days she reminisces about her loads of gentlemen callers. She always speaks fondly of her beauty and shape the 17 gentlemen callers she had once received. "One seventeen--gentlemen callers!" p.929, she says. The symbolism of the unicorn ironically simple. The unicorn symbolizes Laura. La ...
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  • Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter - 929 words
    By definition, a symbol is something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in itself be pictured. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many people as symbols throughout The Scarlet Letter. The characters of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Roger Chillingworth all represent sin. However, these four symbolize different aspects of sin. Through the character of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne shows how sin can make a person stronger. When Hester commits adultery, the Puritan punishment forces her to wear a scarlet letter so the whole community knows of her wrongdoing. Hester has enough courage to wear the letter in public, even though she has to live with harassing comments and ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Symbolism - 759 words
    The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, is a display of characters and incidents portrayed through the eyes of an adolscent. Holden Caulfield, the main character has been revealed in the first person view in a unique narrative of a teenage boy who forms a transition into adulthood. Holden perceives the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no purity and that individuals in the world acquire a trait known as "phony." Throughout the novel, Holden Caulfield refers to the conditions of the society he lives in and deals with his internal affairs and his The setting of the book which is varied, brings the reader to the conclusion that it takes place in a psycotherapy session. Knowing t ...
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  • Symbolism In Popular Mechanics - 529 words
    The adage goes Say what you mean and mean what you say, however, symbolism plays an important role in literature. In Raymond Carvers Popular Mechanics details are used to symbolize the lives of the characters and the changes in their lives during and after the break up between the man and woman. Carver uses four details as symbols in the story: the dark and dreary details of the weather, the womans picking up the picture, the knocking down of the flower pot, and the pulling on the baby. The dark and dreary details of the weather both inside and out: Early that day the weather turned and Cars slushed by on the street outside, where it was getting dark. But it was getting dark on the inside, t ...
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  • Irony And Symbolism In The Cask Of Amontillado - 818 words
    Irony and Symbolism in The Cask of Amontillado In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view, from the perspective of Montresor, the narrator of this tale, who seeks revenge against Fortunato. Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for revenge. During the carnival season, Montresor meet with Fortunato and decides to implement his plan carefully not to arouse Fortunato's suspicions through irony. Poe's story describes the inner workings of a murderer's mind, who has lived the memory of Fortunato's death for fifty years. Poe uses different types of irony and symbolism in the conversations between Montresor and Fortunato which are discus ...
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  • Symbolism In The Birthmark - 1,010 words
    There have been many writers who have astonished the literary world with their configuration of short stories, but none of them have perfected the art as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote in a time period when Fredrick Douglas was paving the road to racial freedom, Ralph Waldo Emerson wanted to world to be seen through the transparent eyeball, and Henry David Thoreau was living the unfettered life. In comparison to the modern writings of his time, Hawthornes style was viewed as outdated; nonetheless, Hawthorne addressed modern issues in the symbols and themes of his stories. Through the use of symbols and themes, the short story, The Birthmark, is the best example of Hawthorne rep ...
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  • Symbolism In A Rose For Emily - 527 words
    William Faulkners A Rose for Emily is a story that addresses the symbolic changes in the South after the civil war. Miss Emily's house symbolizes neglect and poverty of the new times in the town of Jefferson. The rampant symbolism and Faulkner's descriptions of the decaying house, coincide with Miss Emily's physical and emotional decay, and also emphasize her mental degeneration, and further illustrate the outcome of Faulkner's story. Miss Emily's decaying house, not only lacks genuine love and care, but so does she in her adult life, but more so during her childhood. The pertinence of Miss Emily's house in relation to her physical appearance is brought on by constant neglect and under-appre ...
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  • Symbolism In The Grave - 1,025 words
    Born May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas; Katherine Anne Porter has written numerous short stories and a novel. Katherine Anne Porter uses autobiographical information and symbolism to relate the story of Mirandas maturation into adulthood in her short story The Grave. In The Grave, Miranda discovers her feminine side (West 28), and although she is only a child, Miranda understands a few of the events that shape a person into adulthood (Mooney 20). Porters genius as a writer is most evident in The Grave, published in 1935 (Grubbs 3319). Written in a style that is uniquely Porters, it is a powerful story of two childrens contact with the intricacies of life and death. Set on a farm in Texas ...
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  • Symbolism In The Grave - 977 words
    ... for her offspring (3320). The scene horrifies yet excites Miranda, and she refuses to accept the fur from the rabbit for her dolls. The sight of the young rabbits forces Miranda to realize the knowledge of the complexities of life and the birth process. Having seen, she felt at once as if she had known all along. The very memory of her former ignorance faded, she had always known just this (76). The meaning of life and fertility and of her own body begin to take shape in the little girls mind as she sees the tiny creatures just taken from their mothers womb (Brooks 116-17). Through the experience of seeing the pregnant rabbit, Miranda comes to understand the difference between herself a ...
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  • Symbolism In Chrysanthemums - 1,159 words
    Margaret Sidorowicz-1 Symbolism in "The Chrysanthemums" In his story "The Chrysanthemums", written in 1938, Steinbeck introduces us with a woman, named Elisa, who is trying to gain power in a man's world. Elisa Allen tries to define her role as a woman in a very close society. Her environment portrays the social depression, while the garden shows her power and masculine. Elisa has trouble extending this power outside the fence that surrounds her garden. Finally, she learns but not accepts, that she possesses a weak feminine power, not the masculine one she had tried to achieve. The symbols in setting and characters show us the scope and nature of this empty society, and the chrysanthemums po ...
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  • Symbolism - 937 words
    Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter is considered the first symbolic novel in American Literature. His use of symbolism in the novel presents a complex view of sin and its effects. Utilizing characters, colors, settings, and objects Hawthornes extended metaphors shape and develop throughout the plot. Three main symbols used in expressing Hawthornes message are the forest, the use of sunlight and shadows, and the use of colors. The use of colors in The Scarlet Letter is one of the more obvious symbols in the plot. Hawthorne openly states the meanings in some instances. The color black is the color of sin and the devil. Black is the color cast in shadows, the color that Chillingworth, a man of pure ...
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  • Scarlet Letter Symbolism - 1,911 words
    ... om the beginning of the novel that Hawthorne intends to present Hester Prynne as an individual. Her physical beauty sets her apart from the rest of the townsmen. She has rich dark glossy hair, voluptuous figure, beautiful eyes, and a rich complexion. But her most engaging distinction is her moral independence and originality. Hester is modest in all actions that she does. Hester herself wears only poor clothing while she embroiders marvelous works for the rest of Boston. She does the job willingly and rarely ever looks back to the horrid past behind. She is a woman of immense pride who endures the humiliation of the scaffold bravely. She is also a woman of deep conviction who sustains he ...
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  • Symbolism In Moby Dick - 636 words
    Symbolism is using a person, place, or thing to represent something else which is larger and often untouchable. It is used in literature to allow authors to be objective while still expressing his/her views. Symbols in a story can be interpreted differently by different people Some symbols stand for things that are obvious while others need a more involved explanation. In Moby-Dick, Herman Melville uses symbolism of the whale to express the theme of humanistic relationships with nature. The color of the whale in Moby-Dick is a symbol that can be interpreted differently. The whiteness of the whale can have obvious meanings, such as innocence, purity, and cleanliness. However, to some people t ...
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  • Symbolism In Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown - 1,051 words
    Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown is a story about a man and his faith. Goodman Brown ventures on a journey into the forest where his faith is tested, as he attempts to resist the temptations of the devil whereupon he returns to his home and wife. While in the forest, Goodman Brown encounters many well-respected citizens of his community, including his wife, Faith, engaged in a satanic meeting. This discovery causes a tremendous state of confusion for Goodman Brown and makes resisting the devil a much harder task. Doubting his readers ability to grasp subtle clues, Hawthorne will hit them (readers) over the head when it fits his purposes (Dillio, 1). The main characters names alone ar ...
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  • Symbolism And The Yellow Wallpaper - 928 words
    For starters, I would like to begin by saying that this piece of literature, to me, was a disturbing piece of fiction that reminded me of the book (and film) "The Shining" by Stephen King. Both story's draw from the instability of the main characters mental state. This story in particular draws from the personal experiences of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is the story of a woman's downward spiral ending in insanity. Everything is viewed through the eyes of the mental patient. She describes her day to day life, paying much attention to the yellow wallpaper. The wallpaper in it's decrepid state was a symbol representing the characters instable psychological being. The story opens w ...
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  • Tragedy And Symbolism In Edith Whartons Writing - 979 words
    The Use of Tragedy and Symbolism in Edith Whartons Writing Edith Wharton uses symbolism and the many aspects of tragedy of human life as major elements of her writing. She uses different forms of tragedy in her writing. Marriage, society, and other elements all contribute to a theme of imprisonment. Symbolism also creates a mood of disappointment in much of her work. Edith Wharton uses many aspects of tragedy in her writing. Imprisonment and confinement are just two ways that tragedy is portrayed in her writings (Walton 63). Society is a major form of imprisonment. In many of her novels, society is what limits her characters to a world of lost hopes and dreams. Wharton frequently describes u ...
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  • Tragedy And Symbolism In Edith Whartons Writing - 1,004 words
    ... ene. Edith Wharton once said this about the novel (Springer 46): The exorable fact closed in on him like prison- warders hand- cuffing a convict. There was no way out. He was a prisoner for life, and now his one ray of light was to be extinguished. Zeena and Mattie are described as two witch-like women that hold Ethan prisoner for life in his depressing world. Ethan is bound to a life that does not satisfy him. He must now depend on Zeena when once it was he that cared for her. Ethan Frome was written on the idea that humans were prone to a life of loss, tragedy, despair, and confinement (Springer 5). This novel encompasses all of these elements and takes us to a deep place in our soul. ...
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  • Great Gatsby Color Symbolism - 943 words
    The Hidden Story in Green and White Color symbolism is really popular in novels written during the 1920s. One such example is Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby. There is much color symbolism in this novel, but there are two main colors that stand out more than the others. The colors green and white influence the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White represents the stereotypical faade that every character is hiding behind. The color green, as it is used in the novel, symbolizes different choices the character, Gatsby, can make during his life. The green element in this novel is taken from the green light at t ...
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  • Religious Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter And Billy Budd - 752 words
    Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne were contemporaries of each other. They lived very different lives, one living as a sailor for four years and the other attending an Ivy League school, yet their writing reflects a similar style, as shown in Melvilles Billy Bud and Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter. Religious symbolism is found in abundance in each of the works. In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid, Puritanistic structured society in which one is unable to express her innermost thoughts. When Hester Prynne was in prison for her crime, just outside the door was a rose bush that corresponded with Hesters situation. The bloom itself represented Hesters b ...
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  • Symbolism In Hamlet - 425 words
    Though not much has been written on symbolism in Shakespeares Hamlet, there is some there. The first symbol is found in the very first scene of the play. The changing of the guards can be a symbol of the new King in Denmark. Just as the guards are changing, so is the royal throne. The ghost appearing once the guards have changed symbolizes the trouble that happens once the kings change. Another symbol can be found once the Hamlet sees the ghost. To hear what the ghost has to say, Hamlet must follow him through thick woods, which is not easy. This can symbolize searching for truth. For one to find truth, he or she must search through dark woods to hear what it has to say. A third symbol is fo ...
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