For example, on page 19 there is a picture of the Cat balancing things such as the Fish, a rake, milk, books, and a cake, all while balancing on a ball. While a child may laugh at the humorous image, the image represents the external conflict of the danger to the Fish. The Cat, at this point in the story, is representative of the Freud’s Id, “the part of the personality that contains our primitive impulses” (NCTE). The Cat represents the child’s primitive impulse to play, or have fun, without self-control or thinking of the consequences that might follow. If the Cat continues with this balancing act and slips, the items may fall, causing the house to become a mess, but the dander to the Fish is more substantial.
Edith Wharton uses symbolism to add to the story. The cat symbolizes Zeena when she is not there. Edith Wharton used the Fromes’s cat to embody Zeena’s presence. The cat is usually there to come between Ethan and Mattie just like Zeena does. One day when Ethan and Mattie were eating together the cat had “jumped between them into Zeena’s empty chair” (73) to separate the two.
Therefore Wharton uses much symbolism and imagery in the story to explain to the readers what is going on emotionally inside the characters and what is going to happen. The cat, the L shaped barn, the red pickle dish, and the elm tree all have an important symbolic meaning to the story. Wharton uses all these objects as a way of creating and developing the theme of failure in this story. One major, but not the most important symbol used in this novel is the Fromes family cat. The cat is used symbolically throughout the book.
“The cat, unnoticed, had crept up on muffled paws from Zeena's seat to the table…The cat… tried to effect an unnoticed retreat, and in doing so backed into the pickle-dish, which fell to the floor with a crash” (Wharton, chap 4). When Mattie moves in and her relationship with Ethan grows, she begins to break Zeena and Ethan’s marriage. Mattie moving in could be represented by the cat getting on the table. When the cat knocks over the dish, it breaks. This symbolizes that when Mattie got too close, Ethan’s marriage broke apart.
Also, Zeena’s authority over Ethan is personified by the cat’s destructive presence during Ethan and Mattie’s secret dinner. There are many parallels between the cat and Zeena, which is demonstrated by the cat’s spy like, distrusting behavior. We see the the cat is Zeena’s solider, when the cat “backs into the pickle dish, and it falls to the floor with a crash” (Wharton 32). Zeena was the one to ruin the marriage, but she still wants to keep Ethan . The cat then “jumped into Zeena’s chair, rolled itself into a ball, and lay watching them [Ethan and Mattie] with narrowed eyes” (Wharton 34).
By looking deeper into the meaning of a character, we can infer good information about the story, and how a characters personality can affect the plot. When we look at the grandmother in the story, we see many traits of which cause problems and precarious situations. The grandmother when looked at closely is the main reason that all the problems in the story happened. In the beginning of the story she displays a stubborn attitude and shows a spirit of independency; maybe too much. She carefully sneaks her cat into the car, and later down the road the cat sneaks out, jumps on the drivers face, and causes them to have a wreck.
The two panels also seem to be the only ones looking through Vladek’s perspective as the second panel shows what it would have looked like when Vladek looked at the cat and the sixth one illustrates what Vladek would have seen as he looked down. This makes it easier for the reader to be in Vladek’s shoes and connect with him, making them feel as if they are actually being yelled at and inspected by the Nazi cat. It is clear that the layout of page enhances what is already depicted about the cat. The fact that the cat is unnamed and indistinguishable from the other cats in the book, also makes it more likely that the reader will impose these associations created with other cats. After looking at this page, the reader will think that cats are evil and will have a more polarized perspective of race in this
Hunter’s purpose is to entertain by painting pictures in your head and Michael w fox’s purpose is to inform by giving you information. The cats in these two resources live very different lives. In the book the cats hunt to feed their clan and have a designated place to put their fresh kill. * A domesticated cat is served any time it 's hungry. They are fed brown pellets* that aren 't even nutritious in a bowl thats always available.
He has had a major effect on elementary school education through the fact that he shows children that learning to read and reading itself can be fun. In fact, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on Geisel’s birthday because of the delightful stories he has created for the children around the world. His books remain timeless, for they bring so much joy to early readers (Porter). The boringness of regular children’s books has been demolished by Dr.Seuss through his profound and clever verses (Famous Authors). He is so widely known and commemorated that he is one of the few writers to have a public statue of himself with his book characters surrounding him (Porter).
This relates to the cat in my book. The cat was a witch in disguise. The kids in my book were always talking about the cats bright yellow eyes. The song also talks about the innocent kids who can’t defend themselves. In my book, the main character, Ethan, is a small puny boy.