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was based on the life of Laura Kieler a good friend of Ibsen. Symbolisms in literature Symbolism is when the author uses an object or reference to add deeper meaning to a story. Symbolism in literature can be subtle or obvious, used sparingly or heavy-handedly. An author may repeatedly use the same object to convey deeper meaning or may use variations of the same object to create an overarching mood or feeling. Symbolism is often used to support a literary theme in a subtle manner. (http://www...

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Adrienne Macaluso April 8th, 2014 ENG 120 - Dupcak Essay #2 Revised Symbolism is an object, reference, or emotion that is especially used in literature to provide a meaning beyond what essentially is being shown. Specific and unique symbols presented in both “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “The Slough” by Pasha Malla are used to represent something other than itself. Specifically in “Cathedral” the two most obvious symbols are the audiotapes and the cathedral. In “The Slough” the skin...

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Symbolism: “The Lottery” and “Everyday Use” Symbolism is a magnificent thing. It can prep the reader to expect something unique to the story, and sometimes symbolism isn’t even recognized until the reader has completely finished the story. For this critical analysis, I will be looking at the symbolism in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson In this story, the symbolism begins with the description of the black box. The...

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imagery and symbolism

Name Institution Course Instructor Date Imagery and Symbolism Introduction Many authors use imagery to explain or describe sensitive experiences to the text. For instance, visual imagery, which pertains to sight, allows the reader clearly see the events and places in the entire text. Auditory imagery, which pertains sound and in the form of onomatopoeia uses languages like bells chimed and crows (Atwood, 40). Other forms of imageries include olfactory imagery, gustatory imagery, tactile...

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Symbolism on the Giver

In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, there are many different symbols and come to together to help form the theme. Symbolism and themes are difficult to infer in a text, but understanding these literary elements makes the book more interesting and entertaining for the reader. Symbolism is defined using a concrete word, object, color, picture, name and so forth to strand for a name, abstract idea, image, or event. For example a heart could stand for love and an American flag as freedom or patriotism...

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Symbolism in Araby

of his house to his sister." This paragraph from James Joyce's "Araby" appears at the beginning of the story. This passage opens the story with a description of the boy's home and neighbourhood. The passage also describes the boy's life using symbolism and imagery done through the priest, the house and neighbourhood, and the garden. The importance of the boy's relationship with his faith is immediately touched upon in the beginning of the story. The connection is indirectly made through the...

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Oedipus Symbolism

Oedipus Symbolism Many stories from ancient times as well as present times use symbolism to prove a point or to help with the understanding of the story. Symbolisms are used in stories and plays of all kinds to help get a point across or to help clarify the meaning of the story, and the play, Oedipus the King, is no different. There are many things throughout the play that are symbolic and very important to the understanding of the play. Two of the major symbolic things in the play are blindness...

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Yeats and Symbolism

Yeats and Symbolism Born in 1865, William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright and one of the twentieth century’s foremost literary masters. Yeats is partly credited with the Irish Literary Revival and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Even though he rejected Christianity, Yeats was spiritual; he developed a unique, philosophical belief system that emphasized fate, historical determinism, and the notion that history is cyclical; Yeats eventually began using the image of a gyre to...

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Symbolism in the Lottery

detailed narrative of the selection of the person to be sacrificed, a process known to the townspeople as “the lottery”. This selection is extremely rich in symbolism. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to make readers aware of the pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. There are three main types of symbolism in this piece: characters’ names, objects, and numbers. The names of the characters play a large role in the story. Some such as Delacroix, are rather obviously...

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Symbolism in the Pearl

There was a lot of symbolism in chapter 6 of The Pearl, and most of it is very strong. When Coyotito died it symbolized sadness and anger. Kino was sad because it was his first and only child, and Coyotito was very important to him. He was also angry because he died because of the pearl. Coyotito’s death finally made Kino realize that the pearl was evil and it was destroying his life. He then knew that he had to throw it away to make the evil go away. Juana and Coyotito symbolize security to Kino...

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