The phrases 'over and over' and 'day after day' also suggest an almost obsession with the ritual of looking into the mirror. The line 'Searching my reaches for what she really is.' (Astley, 2002, p.203) suggests that the woman is not only looking to see her outer reflection but for something deeper. Her inner self.
An archetype is an image, a descriptive detail, a plot pattern, or a type of character that occurs multiple times in myth, literature, religion, or folk lore. Archetypes often provoke emotion in the reader as they awaken an image, calling illogical responses into play. Many novels, legends, and myth are made up of archetypes which causes similarities in the plots of many novels. For example, the Helper God, the golden place, seasons and metamorphosis are archetypes that make up modern literature and they make up prominent themes found within the novels containing those archetypes. Like these archetypes, the magical weapon archetype, which has only one true owner able to use it to its fullest potential, also is a prominent theme within literature and film creating a large part in the theme.
Symbolism is used in many stories, novels, and essays. It is an extraordinary addition to make a story interesting. The use of symbols in stories make the most significant ideas strike out as well as make the reader have distinctive ideas of what actually is trying to be said. Symbolism makes the reader think critically about what the author wants us as the readers to transmit. In “Paul’s Case,” there are some examples of the use of symbolism.
Throughout The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen and The Color of Fire by Ann Rinaldi, there were many obvious similarities but also several key differences. While analyzing the two stories, comparisons between characters, setting, point of view and theme became apparent. Both stories discuss characters who overcame a struggle in their lives. These historical fiction pieces help readers understand the hardships of certain historical events and the reality of life for people living in those eras. The connections between stories will help readers make connections between important events of the past.
In her essay Nancy gracefully articulated her perception of her situation and chooses to label her as “Crippled”. The struggles that she goes through to in a day to day bases, for example when she starts off the essay by describing her experience in a bathroom stall and how she laughs at her own situation. She insightfully defines her being crippled in the way she pursues and interacts with the world. As I defined the word in a sense of being incompetent in day to day societal procedures which is exactly proven in the essay. She is slow and struggles in her day to rituals and she accepts it.
Through the three poetically written short stories, “Gwillan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry, one can obviously observe the difference between characters, plotlines, and writing styles. The single common factor that stands out in all three stories, which causes the reader a great deal of sorrow, questioning, and learning, is loss. It touches each story in an engaging way and grips the heart of the reader in order to teach a thematic message. As loss usually antecedes an ultimate redemption, each short story follows the tragic loss with a moral, and sometimes unexpected conclusion. The descriptive and unique voice of each author not only transports, but transforms the reader, through the three tales of loss.
In the story “I stand here ironing” talked about two women, mother and daughter who share some similar aspects in their lives and personalities. Both women were experiencing the same emotional situations they have to endure. They began to define themselves through their own inner resources and create their own vision of existence. Both Emily and her mother gave insightful representation of the struggle women were experiencing during the great Depression. In spite of displaying the same message, the story exhibit numerous similarities and differences.
In the first line of the poem she states, “I have gone out, a possessed witch,” which sets up the tone for the poem. She uses a lot of imagery and metaphors to show the reader the journey the woman has gone through. The “witch” is “a metaphor for every woman who happens to share her feelings and position in life,” (Shmoop Editorial Team). Sexton also uses repetition in the words “I have been her kind” to help further the point that the woman speaks for many other women. In line twenty, Sexton states “A woman like that is not ashamed to die” and this shows how women are, but not afraid of, being persecuted by society.
A myriad of common themes exist in literature, employed by authors for an infinite number of effects: among these are the basic human experiences such as life, death, joy, and adversity. As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, adversity is “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” A subject commonly explicated upon, adversity is present in literature’s earliest works, all the way through modern compositions. The role of adversity in literature can vary: if a character triumphs over or falls to adversity can paint the work in a positive or negative light, and be the difference between a tragedy and a triumph.
Watchman is a graphic novel that encompasses many themes that fall in the realm of heroes and villains. While this is the case, the novel additionally incorporates many recurring symbols from beginning to end. Ultimately, these symbols add insight to the story being told. In the graphic novel, Watchmen, the recurring image of the Hiroshima lovers highlights the cold war and suggests the unexpected ending of Ozymandias’ scheme. Symbols that tend to recur in books and other mediums tend to hold some significance to the story being told.
The main character being a mermaid longing for the human world is an homage to Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid, although the contemporary setting allowed me to explore different implications. Fantasy is excellent for metaphors and parallels - one of its premises is to talk about issues of our society while discussing something that is apparently the furthest away from it. I’ve encountered feminist themes in Angela Carter’s re-imagined fairytales, where she gives women the agency they lacked during her time. The movie Maleficent deals with growth, rape, self-healing and the role of women through a retelling of Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty from the antagonist’s point of view.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. The use of symbolism gives readers the ability to find deeper meanings that are beyond whats actually described on paper. In Ralph Ellison’s short story, “Battle Royale”, he uses blindfolds, the speaking event, and the battle royal to symbolize exactly what African Americans went through for equality. The fight between the boys symbolizes the way African Americans have been treated in today's society.
Literary Device #3 — Symbolism Symbolism: “The frequent use of words, places, characters, or objects that mean something beyond what they are on a literal level.” Example: “For, the time was to come, when the scarecrows...should [heed] the idea of...hauling up men, to flare upon the darkness of their condition. But, the time was not come yet; and every wind that blew...shook the rags of the scarecrows in vain, for the birds, fine of song and feather, took no warning” (35). Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Context: