In Mary Oliver’s, The Black Walnut Tree, she exhibits a figurative and literal understanding on the importance of family and its history. The poem is showing that your emotional value is what’s more important than your physical value (money). By using symbolism and imagery the poet illustrates an intricate relationship between the “Black Walnut Tree” to the mother and daughter being both rooted deeply in the earth and past trying to reach for the sun and the fruit it will bring. Symbolism constitutes the allusion that the tree is the family both old and new. Imagery portrays the image that the tree and family are connected by similar trails and burdens.
Throughout the excerpt ,“The Winter Hibiscus” Saeng and her mother have special feelings and thoughts toward a Hibiscus plant. The hibiscus plant symbolizes and remind Saeng of her grandmother. On the other hand, the hibiscus plant represents and gives strength to her mother. To begin with, the hibiscus plant has a very symbolic meaning to Saeng which is her grandmother. According to the excerpt, in lines 19-22 the text states “The familiar fragrance filled her lungs, and Sang could almost feel the light strands of her grandmother’s long gray hair, freshly washed, as she combed it out with the fine-toothed buffalo- horn comb…” The fragrance gave Saeng a reminder and feeling of her grandmother.
The pear tree vision is Janie’s own view of how a good marriage should be and how the world should feel when you’re with your true love: She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! (Hurston 11) When Janie first met Joe Starks, Janie felt a bit of hope return to her since her dream of love died when she married Logan. When Janie decided to act upon her pear tree vision, Hurston referred to the pear tree symbolism by saying, “From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything. A bee for her bloom.” (31).
In the book “Roll of thunder hear my cry”, Mildred D. Taylor uses symbolism to provide context, and background information of the how their community is, and who the Logan’s fit in it. A great example when the author provides context and background information would be the fig tree. When the author is describing the fig tree, she describes it as “It keeps on blooming, bearing good fruit year after year, knowing all the time it’ll never get big as them other trees.” (pg 206) The author is trying to describe how the Logan family fits in in the community. Knowing that the Logan family owns land, and that they are the only black family that owns land; we can assume that what she means by “knowing all the time it’ll never get big as them other trees.”, the other trees that
The Black Walnut Tree In Mary Oliver’s “The Black Walnut Tree,” Oliver employs personification, split section, and conflict between literal and figurative to establish the tree’s role in the family as a symbol of both the adversities and the rewards that arise from their endeavor to preserve their family history. The personification of “black walnut tree swing through another year of sun” is used to convey the fresh and renewed spirit of the family once they decide to keep their family together. The idea of the tree “swinging” represents a cheerful spirit. Since the author chooses to embody this cheerful spirit in her writing, it demonstrates the idea of family and home; money tends to draw people apart, but happiness and favor comes with the idea of an object like the walnut tree that forges the relationship in a family. Since the mother and child decided to keep the tree for the
Nathaniel Hawthorne has a few different symbols throughout his text Young Goodman Brown that were both objects and people. Faith, Young Goodman Brown’s wife name is a symbol of her personality. “Faith, as the wife was aptly named,” (Brown 619) is emblematic to her nature. A symbol that is used more than once would be the pink ribbon. “…thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap,” (Brown 620).
Two, a full belly, and three, a good night's rest.” From this quote the reader can take that Matilda is gathering knowledge from her family to better herself in the future. On page 85, Anderson states from Matilda's viewpoint, “Old soldiers trick. Find a willow tree and you’ll discover water nearby.” This quote shows that Matilda can not only take in knowledge but use the helpful tricks she learned from family to help in tough situations. Throughout Fever 1793, Matilda becomes independent and mature when she uses knowledge from Mother, Grandfather, and Eliza to survive. Overall, the theme independence and maturity best fits this book, as we can see the change in Matilda.
Strangeworth tells tourists who stop to view her roses that her grandmother planted them. We can visualize Miss Strangeworth’s traditional side and that values did indeed pass on down to her. Therefore, it is possible that other traditions such as her contrasting social value systems were also passed on down to her. This implies that the previous generations of Strangeworths additionally had a similar objective
In conclusion, the chinaberry tree which Delia sticks to toward the finish of story likewise speaks to an image. The tree has profound roots and will live for quite a while after Sykes passes on, so will Delia. She picks up learning at the tree, "She could hardly achieve the chinaberry tree, where she held up in the developing warmth while inside she knew the frosty waterway was crawling up and up to quench that eye which must know at this point she knew" (Hurston 8,112). Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston is crammed with symbolism from imagery that is effectively seen, to things that require more complex knowledge to be able to fully comprehend. Religion has clearly played an absorbing role in Hurston 's life, considerably found in Sweat with the reference to a snake and
Overall,”Grape Sherbet”by Riat Dove is a poem with meaning.It puts the aspects of childhood,memories,and sadness together with it imagery and figurative langue.Taking apart the poem and really looking how everything was written and pieced together give you a sense of accomplishment when you finish reading.Her use of imagery of a child really takes you back to your early childhood.Never forgetting a memory and holding it with you for a lifetime is really conveyed throughout the story.This poem uses alliteration,imagery,figurative language,assonance,rhyme and rhythm to capture you all the way to the