Symbolism In The Glass Snowdrop

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In the novel, Tristran is constantly battling against the society in the village of Faerie. Initially, Tristran encounters a little hairy monster who agrees to help him find the star. While walking through the woods, they both experience stinging and cutting by the leaves falling from the trees around them. Tristran continues to walk in pain and wear clothes that have been eaten up by the leaves. Eventually he discovers the star he has been looking for. Unlike Tristran expects the star, Yvaine, despises him. For example, "She was sprawled, awkwardly, beneath the hazel tree, and she gazed up at Tristran with a scowl of complete unfriendliness. She hefted another clod of mud at him, menacingly, but did not throw it" (Gaiman 102). Yvaine makes herself known that…show more content…
One of the main symbols is the glass snowdrop, the representation of love. The glass snowdrop first appears when Tristran 's father, Dunstan, goes to the market in Faerie and hears the glass flowers. Dunstan follows the sound and then falls in love with the girl in charge of the booth that sells the glass flowers, she gives him the flower at the cost of a kiss. Dunstan then walks away, "He nodded, and stumbled away from her; he did not need to ask how she knew his surname; she had taken it from him along with certain other things, such as his heart, when he had kissed her. The snowdrop chimed in his hand" (Gaiman 22). Dunstan 's relationship with his current wife, Daisy, went awry when he put the snowdrop in storage. When Tristran leaves for the trip to Faerie, Dunstan gives him the snowdrop to take along, on the trip with the symbol of love he finds affection with Yvaine, "The rain began once more, but they made no move to get under cover. He squeezed her hand in his" (Gaiman 233). Symbolism is used through out the story to show how strong the heart 's desire is and to show how looks can make a person unaware of their
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