The book, All Quiet On The Western Front, by Erich Remarque, tells what happens to a group of German teenagers during World War I. Throughout this novel, Remarque has certain symbols for objects in the book that represent or mean something. For example, Kemmerich’s boots symbolized death. That’s just one example but there are a bunch more symbols and they all have connections to each other.
In the beginning of the novel, Paul and his friends dreams about what their life would be like if there was peace. Their view on the war’s brutality is not deep, but many feel it has ruined any chance at a normal life. Even when mentioning home, it does not exist: “ “What’s up, Kat?...” “I wish I were back home." Home--he means the huts.” (31) Instead of home being where their families are, it has become the familiar war housing.
In Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, he explains how powerful exile plays an important role in the narrator’s journey to finding out who he really is. According to Edward Said “Exile is… a rift forced between a human being and a native place,…its essential sadness can never be surmounted…a potent, even enriching” .The narrator’s journey to finding who he is, was alienating and enriching.
"He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" In Arthur Miller's suspenseful play The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor is one of the most audacious women in the story. She showcases what the theme is really about in the story. She deliberately sacrificed her and her unborn child's life. Also, she surrendered to the court and lied to the judges. Lastly, she forfeited her rights as a wife.
Symbolism can use an object (like a tree of birds), or art, (like Melinda’s art project or Mr. Freeman's canvas) to represent an abstract idea. Laurie Halse Anderson uses symbolism to hint at a certain mood or emotion, rather than just blatantly saying it. So, the use of symbolism is important because it helps create meaning and emotion in a story. Symbolism makes a book fun to read, the symbolism produces a thought provoking work of art and it, (like in this book), adds meaning to seemingly unrelated objects and elicits emotions in the
By the end of “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger’s lives are beginning to improve. Compared to the state of the family at the opening of the play, most considered that play ends on a joyous moment. However; that is not so for the Younger family. The way the play ends is not a happy ending because the Younger family does not have the funds that they need, two people are further from their dreams, and they are moving into a neighborhood to could be dangerous for them. Although one may be excited that things appear to be better for the Younger’s, the reality is that things could possibly be worse for them.
“Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway and “Speaking of Courage” by Tim O’Brien both deal with the difficulties of veterans returning home from war. Both of the protagonists, Krebs and Bowker respectively, experience trauma, which leads them on a search for self-discovery and an outlet for their pain. At the end of each story, neither of the characters wants to participate in society anymore. Despite the similarities, Norman Bowker is more forthcoming with his feelings, ultimately making him a more successful character. In addition, the similarities and differences between the authors’ styles accentuate those that occur within the characters of the stories; both authors use symbolism to show the changes in the dynamic characters over the course of the narratives.
In the play The Crucible, the theme of sacrifice is often necessary in order to restore social order. Throughout the play various characters give up something in order to respectively gain something that is more important. The word sacrifice is defined as the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone. Although characters in The Crucible are able to keep something they want in certain circumstances, they also lose things that are very important to them such as their reputation, or even themselves.
John Proctor’s abusive nature toward Elizabeth epitomizes the prominence of patriarchy and his strong self loathing. John Proctor is undoubtedly an individual who is tormented. In his mind, he has made an unforgivable mistake, and has made an irreparable mistake that has broken his and Elizabeth’s marriage. While it is true that he committed adultery, he believes there is no way that he can ever forgive himself and punishes himself mentally for what he has done.
The pursuit for justice is an essential theme that is illustrated in the Western films High Noon and The Ox-Bow Incident. In the film High Noon, Will Kane stands alone as he faces the bandit Frank Miller, who returns to town in order to kill Kane and get justice and revenge for his imprisonment. In addition, Will Kane is a character that represents justice as he is a marshal who protects the town. On the other hand, in the film The Ox-Bow Incident, justice is pursued after hearing that Larry Kinkaid was killed which thereby resulted in the hanging of three innocent individuals. Moreover, while on the quest for justice both these films encounter a struggle with making life and death decisions. As a result, a religious character becomes a proponent
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender is a story about a family who strives to survive. Riva Minska, a young girl who lives in the ghetto must take care of her own brothers and find a way to stay alive. She is selfless and noble towards others which paves a bright path in her future. On the other hand, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about a pair of starcrossed lovers who fall desperately in love. Romeo Montague is a young boy who lives in Verona. His actions lead himself and others to tragic results. Romeo’s impetuous and selfishness give Romeo a spot in the hall of shame, while Riva’s selflessness, compassion and optimism towards others lands her a spot into the hall of fame.
In fictional writing there are many important componates that contributes to it success. Such as tone, mood, and setting. Nevertheless symbolism is very also a vital aspect of fiction. Symbolism ensures that the reader looks at the deeper meanings of a piece. This could not be more evident than in the story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe. Symbolism is the foundation of this story. Everything and everyone in this story in some way was a symbols.
While many writers just write about objects that are incorporated their own life, In the Glass Castle through close critical analysis Jeannette Walls uses symbolism that are hidden beneath her words to represent ideas in order to write her memoir. The words she uses colors the mind of the listener and the language colors the mind of the reader.
Both “Speaking of Courage” by Tim O’Brien and “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway use the townspeople as a symbol for how society treats soldiers. The authors show this symbolism by how the townspeople treat the soldiers, how the soldiers treat girls, and how the soldiers treat the townspeople over time. The symbolism in this story gives a message to the reader to treat soldiers with respect, and not just ignore them because their story is boring or uncomfortable.
Throughout the Medusa’s Hair Obeyesekere notes the importance of a gradual incorporation of symbolism into the behaviors of female ascetics, which result in resolving their overbearing experiences and putting pressure on the religious involvement instead. Thus, his interpretation of this fusion consists of three analogous elements, the existence of correlation between symptom and an emotional context, the usage of symbol as a unique solution for an individual’s crisis and, ultimately, applying a religious form to the concluding role transformation.