Essay On Symbolism In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’connor, symbolism is found in the grandmother's hat. For the grandmother, the most important thing is that she is considered a lady. The grandmother is a finely dressed woman who is more worried about herself than her family by stating, “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” (368) The hat, which represents her moral code, is damaged and falls apart during the car accident. The accident is caused by the family cat that was “smuggled” on board the trip by the grandmother when she was forbidden to do so. The irony in her hat being destroyed shows that she is no longer considered to be a “lady.” Also, the imagery in the story is very easy to see and hear.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” shows its symbolism in the wall paper that the narrator’s room is surrounded by. The narrator, who seems to be suffering from some kind of depression, is absolutely appalled by the yellow colored wallpaper that surrounds the room by stating, “I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.” (381) Her constant mention of hating the wallpaper seems like it becomes an odd obsession for the narrator. The woman who she is seeing …show more content…

Also, an example of sound imagery is demonstrated when Montresor hastily begins piling up the stones level by level, “I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain.”

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