For instance, the symbols of sunset and night, which reflect the two opposing forces of good and evil in the text. This is especially apparent when we consider that the light of late day allows him to see Faith with love whereas when he sees her in darkness, he is suspicious and afraid. The forest is a symbol for that which is dark and mysterious. The walking stick is another symbol in this story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that demonstrates how nothing is as it seems in the text. At one moment it is a withered and twisted stick while at another it changes into a slithering serpent.
The story “The Devil and Tom Walker” takes place in a stagnant, lonely and treacherous forest. The author, Washington Irving, while writing was also a satirist and a lawyer. He made short fiction popular and was a very original writer. The characters in this story include Tom Walker, Tom Walker’s wife, and the devil. The conflict in this story is when Tom Walker realizes that he does not want to go to hell, so he makes a deal with the devil.
“wide,” “black,” aspect of the house, and the description of the “solemn oaks” creates an ominous tone. Madame Valmonde’s shivering suggests that the L’Abri plantation is dark, cold, and ghostly place. Further, the way the plantation looks musicians Armand’s own certerristics just as Desiree’s external appearance mimics her internal character (owleyes.org...2/4). Another example of tone in “Desiree’s Baby” is “in the shadow of the big stone pillar….”. In rural Louisiana, a massive stone pillar would seem fairly conspicuous.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is an inspiring short story following the life of a young husband, Mr. Goodman Brown, and the tragic event that made his life forever miserable. Set in Salem Massachusetts during the late 18th century, Hawthorne uses an abundance of symbols to represent his motifs for writing his story. Furthermore, “Young Goodman Brown” is ultimately a story demonstrating the internal struggle between good and evil, and the temptations each person faces. The first symbol heavily emphasized by the narrator is the Devil’s staff, which is described as “…a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.” Likened to a snake or serpent, the
If a reader of The Kite Runner takes away one thing form the novel if might be the fact that afghan’s as much or maybe more than any other culture are obsessive over how the community and those around them see them. The reader can see this in the class system of the culture or formality of the culture or even the parties they hold. So, in the passage on page 105 Amir uses two particularly interesting metaphors “I wanted to tell them all that I was the snake in the grass, the monster in the lake” (Hosseini). Both metaphors share a similar premise he compares himself to monsters hidden in seemingly unassuming locations. This idea of surface appearance versus the true hidden reality is the Afghan culture seeping into how he thinks and talks about the situation.
The traveler himself is a figure of ambiguity and allegory, for he resembles Young Goodman Brown in physical aspects yet is presented as a demonic figure. His walking staff, as described as “…his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.” bears the resemblance to the staff of Aaron which shapeshifts into snake under the challenge of the Egyptian magicians. The changing of Aaron’s staff is described as a symbolic warning from God in a biblical sense, which ignored resulted in the Plagues of Egypt. This correlation could indicate that the staff of the mysterious man could be a warning for Young Goodman Brown of the “plague” that is to sweep over all his beliefs and interpretations of life.
Ownership causes one to become selfish and so self-absorbed in their property that they wouldn’t allow other people to experience the joy they have through their property. In “My Wood,” Forster explains how uneasy he felt when he saw people walking through his woods and going to his blackberries. Because of the unease that he felt, Forster thought that in order to show people that the blackberries and his wood was his, he should build a pathway with high stone walls, blocking the view of the blackberries from the public, just like the wood near Lyme Regis, where people “circulate like termites while the blackberries are unseen.” Through the example, Forster illustrates how the ownership of his wood causes him to become selfish and so self-absorbed in his property that he wouldn’t want people coming into his wood and experiencing the blackberries. We often time are just like Forster.
Serpents play vital but vastly different roles in Gilgamesh and the Bible. In Gilgamesh, the serpent is ultimately a source of good. After a long and perilous quest, Gilgamesh secures an herb that will, if not make him immortal, restore his youth. He hasn’t yet used it when the snake steals it. Some interpreters suggest that he wanted to “test” the herb on the elders of Uruk first, while others, giving him the benefit of the doubt, say that he was being a good king by wanting to share it with his subjects before enjoying it himself.
In “A Glow in the Dark”, the main character was scared by a glow in the forest. The ending was clear because the narrator discovered that it glowed since it had “…sucked phosphorus from the ground up into the wood…so much for ghosts.” (Paulsen, 324). In “Old Ben”, the narrator and the snake had a very good relationship. Later on in the story, Old Ben disappeared and “the last trace of Old Ben was in the corner of the lot near the hogpen” (Stuart, 93).
The second text, ‘The Patriot’, shows the loss of innocence of the main character’s two younger sons. The director deliberately uses a mid-shot to show the two young boys, killing a number of men. Even though these boys did not want to kill the men, their father forced them to. This happened because the men they killed just killed their brother. These two examples connect and are similar because both of these texts portray soldiers to having a loss of innocence.
Everyone Sins In the story “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown goes on a faith changing path. Goodman Brown is a Puritan with certain views about religion, human nature, and sin. Brown goes in to the woods to meet with the devil, but he tells everyone that he is on an errand. He makes the journey at night and sunset represents the line between good and evil.
Many readers like to know about the author of the book they are reading; whether it be an author showing bits and pieces of themselves through their writing or through a small autobiography. Hawthorne allows the reader a small and rare glance into his life and his personal feelings as well as sharing a connection with the reader in the preface of “The Scarlet Letter.” Hawthorne’s familiar and personal tone in the preface draws upon the reader’s empathy, eases the reader into the 1600s, and allows a stimulation of the reader’s imagination. Hawthorne draws a sense of empathy from the reader in “The Custom-House” by sharing parts of his life that large quantities of people can relate to. Although he is a very private man his theory for sharing bits and pieces of himself can be described “as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience-it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of our self, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.”
From the late 18th century to the mid-19th century America began to experience Romanticism; a period where emotions, spiritual understanding, and a close relationship with nature were emphasized. Romanticism is clearly the style used in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” not to mention it is chalked full of symbolism in light of one man’s obsession with nature, science, perfection, and Georgiana. The birthmark resembling a “tiny crimson hand” imprinted on Georgiana’s cheek is clearly a form of symbolism used to represent many concepts in this great literary piece. Many may interpret “the hand” to symbolize such things as mortality, imperfection, humanity, the hand of nature, the hand of God, or even a liability of sin.