The Gold Bug Symbolism

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Poe’s story “The Gold Bug” was referenced from the story of Captain Kidd, a 17th century British privateer, and outlaw. The parchment which Legrand captures is later discovered to be engraved with cryptic writing and an symbol almost the same as the death’s-head marking on the insect. Legrand deciphers the message and follows its instructions, which leads him to uncover the buried treasure of Captain. In the passage, the mysterious scarab beetle bites Legard, and he becomes very sick thus making him seeming delirious. In shamanic societies, beetles are depicted as creators of the world, in ancient Egypt beetles are seen as “solar”. They were symbolized as the sun because they could roll up into balls and roll or rotate around like the sun.
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