Critical Analysis Of Allegory In The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a widely known piece of poetry where it talks about different elements on life such as love, marriage and more. Each chapter is represented with a different element of life. In this critical analysis, the chapters ‘On Marriage’, ‘On Children’, and ‘On Giving’ would be discussed. These three chapters are viewed as more compact and go with one another mainly because it may be a representation of how the flow of life might go. Traditionally, couples would first get married and then have children. The giving part may refer to the married couple giving everything they have to their children. Although, this is not really what the poem suggests, it could be a proper insight as to how these three chapters may go together. Each chapter in The Prophet actually gives an…show more content…
Throughout the entire piece, Gibran made use of different literary devices. The whole text was actually pillared by literary devices. Most of which consisted of allegories having a deeper and more sensible meaning behind the lines. In the chapter on marriage, the most evident allegory would be the last line: “And the oak trees and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadows”. This line may be identified as the summary of the entire chapter on marriage. As mentioned earlier, Kahlil Gibran wrote the literary poem in a sense of truth. Instead of generating the traditional idea that married couples would combine as one or act as one, the chapter on marriage suggests that marriage should be spacious, in a sense that married couples should be able to develop and grow by themselves as well (Butler-Bowdown, n.d.). The chapter aims to tell the truth on how marriage is not to be stereotyped and should be thought about in a sense of deeper meaning. The truth is that marriage should not be submissive and more of an understanding of the combination of the intellect of two people and trying to find a point of intersection in order to make the

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