This essay will discuss several symbols that are found throughout the book, We Were Liars. These symbols will highlight the complex relationships between the characters in this book. The power and wealth of the Sinclair family affects how they interact with each other and those outside of their family. The first symbols that will be discussed are beach roses and the book, Wuthering Heights.
In the story "The Birthmark" the plant that Aylmer shows Georgiana depicts the difficulty to find perfection. When she tries to pluck the flower "the whole [plant] suffered a blight, its leaves turning coal-black as if by the agency of fire" (Hawthorne 226). Georgiana, an imperfect individual, attempts to acquire a perfect flower, but instead she causes the plant to lose all the life it once had. Georgiana 's touch depicts the imperfection to inherent in all human being. Furthermore, he goes on to talk about her defects.
The Tragic Story of Doodle In the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" the author James Hurst uses images of death to show that if people push someone with a problem just so you don't get embarrassed, so there will always be some consequences. This quote tells about what graveyard flower blooming can do. "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and though every room of our house, speaking the names of are dead." He most likely wrote this to foreshadow the ending of the story.
Everyone, at some point in their life, has encountered the injustices of stereotypes. Those suffocating labels that society places on individuals can dampen spirits and destroy dreams. John Steinbeck and Zora Neale Hurston explore the effects of such stereotypes in their poignant stories “The Chrysanthemums” and “The Yellow Mule,” respectively. Both main characters find themselves trapped in a box deemed appropriate for women. Steinbeck’s Elisa invests herself in her garden taking care of her beloved plants.
In the essay “the plastic pink flamingo: A natural history, Jennifer price reveals the popularity of the flamingo in america as the generation evolves from the bleak events of the past. This iconic 1950’s lawn decorative represented a culture filled with ignorance and vain. Throughout her essay, Jennifer Price uses tone, satire, and symbolism to create an insightful analysis on her view of the American culture as they are too absorbed with material goods and their pride. Emphasizing the ignorant attitude of America, Price begins the essay with a critical tone describing the importance of flamingos. She adds to her claims of boldness that “it was also a flamingo” and “was pink” italicizing part of the sentence’s end to demonstrate America's
By creating a world for herself within nature, Pearl mocks the institutionalized society surrounding her, proving how she is the most transcendental character. Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses to describe Pearl Hester as “material of [the] earth” and “a lovely and immortal flower” to show how she possesses natural qualities, something characteristic of a transcendentalist (61, 62). In addition to possessing “beautiful and brilliant…[natural] elements,” Pearl develops an individualistic relationship with nature (62). While in “seclusion from human society,” Pearl creates “her [own] inner world,” using “a stick, a bunch of rags, [and] a flower” to depict a variety of “imaginary personages” (65). By using the “black and solemn…pine-trees” to represent
Aylmer’s past failed experiments and his intellectual pride indicate the superiority of head to heart in the Birthmark. As Georgiana awakes from fainting, Aylmer attempts to soothe and distract her with a series of experiments. He shows her an experiment involving a rapidly growing flower and offers her to pick and smell the young flower, which is succeeded by this scene, “…Georgiana had no sooner touched the flower than the whole plant suffered a blight, its leaves turning coal-black as if by agency of fire” (470). This scene is symbolic because the flower represents Georgiana’s life, which is evident because the flower is described as “a perfect and lovely flower” (470); similarly, Georgiana is described as “so nearly perfect” (466). As soon as she touches the flower, it turns black and dies.
In the Ray Bradbury's short story, the world has been heavily influenced by nature, the point he is trying to get across with the destruction of everything, is that nature will greatly outlast, even the last building left standing. While Sarah Teasdale's version has a much more lively take on the nature scene; creating scenarios in her poem with singing frogs. Sarah;s version also has some themes in hers as well. The quote “Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly.” This suggest that Sarah Teasdale's incorporates darker scenes in her poem like Ray bradbury.
In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” , author James Hurst uses a great deal of diction to intrigue the readers. For example, the narrator describes the garden, “The flower garden was stained with rotting brown magnolia petals, and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox” (416). He could have just said that the garden was full of rotten plants. Instead, Hurst explained the plants to encourage the readers to imagine the garden in their head. With words such as, “stained” and “rank amid”.
In her short story “Marigolds”, Eugenia Collier, tells the story of a young woman named Lizabeth growing up in rural Maryland during the Depression. Lizabeth is on the verge of becoming an adult, but one moment suddenly makes her feel more woman than child and has an impact on the rest of her life. Through her use of diction, point of view, and symbolism, Eugenia Collier develops the theme that people can create beauty in their lives even in the poorest of situations. Through her use of the stylistic device diction, Eugenia Collier is able to describe to the reader the beauty of the marigolds compared to the drab and dusty town the story is set in.
Naturally Dreadful Nature is the basic characteristic into which something or someone is naturally presented. These characteristics are used in this novel as the scars into which no one is able to escape. Nature in The Scarlet Letter was used as a representation of many ideas and beliefs the puritan society tried to suppress. These representations came throughout the development of the novel as Hester’s escapement and can even be argued that Hawthorne used nature to show the violent and demonic sides of the puritan’s angst. As the story begins, the tension between the colonist and the unknown adulterer grow with the signs of mockery.