Symbol Essays

Sula by Toni Morrison

In the novel Sula by Toni Morrison symbols are used in different ways and different contexts to suggest and represent something about the characters and theme. Throughout the novel the reader is introduced to different characters that all share the same neighborhood (the bottom). Throughout the novel Toni Morrison uses different symbols to suggest ideas to the reader. Toni Morrison exemplifies symbols in her novel Sula in many different ways. Throughout the novel, the reader is constantly reminded of Sula’s…

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_blue Against White_ by Jeannette C. Armstrong

This intense, short story contains flashbacks of a woman named Lena’s childhood. She was constantly embarrassed of her culture and family. She yearned for assimilation and could not handle the pressure of being different all her life. Lena finally decides to leave the reserve and pursue her life journey in the city, where she would also be schooled. Not only does Lena find out that the city is not the greatest destination, she realizes that again, she does not fit…

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Symbol Definition

A symbol is something that stand for itself and something else. For example, in the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the scarlet ibis’s life is a symbol for doodle’s life. The lives of Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic due to the fact that they are both red, they’re both weak, and they both die. The first example of how the lived of Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic is the fact that they are…

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Ying Yang Symbol

The Yin Yang symbol also commonly referred to as the Tai-Chi symbol is easily thought of in today’s popular culture as a reference to the Sun (yang) the moon (yin) and the universe. Allen Tsai’s article provides some insight into the origins of the symbol itself, the meaning behind the curvature of the symbol, and how the Chinese symbol has found a place in popular culture. Allen Tsai goes into explicit detail on how the Chinese developed a surprising understanding…

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Charm Bracelet

My charm bracelet is a symbol of me and everything I stand for. It is a chain bracelet with many different charms. Each charm symbolizes an event or an item that makes me who I am. My turtle charm represents my speed. My life has always been at a slow pace, never have I been quick with anything I do. I feel that people don’t slow down to just enjoy life’s every beauty. I take time to slow down and…

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A Lesson Before Dying_ an Examination of a Prodigious Storyteller

A good novel entertains the reader. An excellent novel entertains and enlightens the reader. Set in a Cajun community in the late 1940’s, A Lesson Before Dying is a heart-warming tale of injustice, acceptance and redemption. A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines is an excellent novel. Not only does Gaines inform the reader, he entertains will his effective storytelling. His use of symbolism, voice and stylistic devices keeps the reader enticed to the very last page. One way…

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Misinterpretation of Symbols

Now days people tend to have a fashion use for certain symbols such as the heart, cross, peace sign, etc. without taking in consideration that it might offend others. Symbols are used worldwide to represent many things like religion and emotions, but we have to keep in mind that some symbols look or are the same in many cultures but they do not always have the same meaning. Many societies have forgotten the original meaning of a symbol, replacing it…

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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus, a talented German scholar who belittles the limits of human knowledge, believes that he has learned all that can be learned by conventional means. What is left for him, he thinks, but magic? He is offered a choice of Christian conscience by a good angel, and the path to damnation by an evil angel. Two fellow scholars, Valdes and Cornelius, teach him the fundamentals of black magic. Eventually, Faustus summons the devil Mephistopheles and the terms of their…

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_cat in the Rain_ Interpretation

Topic: The symbol “cat” in “Cat in the rain” (Ernest Hemingway) In many of his stories, Ernest Hemingway used symbols to express the profound meaning of those stories. In “Cat in the rain”, the poor kitty is the main symbol since it expresses much about the theme of the story. In my opinion, the cat symbolizes three things such as a baby, the couple’s relationship and the wife herself. Initially, the cat is symbolic of a baby. The first reason…

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro_ an Alternate Leopard Symbol

Much debate persists over how to interpret the leopard and mountain imagery in Hemingway’s “The Snows Of Kilimanjaro”–and it is often accepted that some specific symbolism must have been intended by the writer—for the epigraph feels contrived. The leopard and the mountain are considered to have direct meaning in Harry’s life—if not also in Hemingway’s life. Richard L. Elia, for instance, writes in “Three Symbols in Hemingway’s ‘The Snows Of Kilimanjaro’”, that “Hemingway’s use of these two symbols is hardly…

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Babette’s Feast and the Power of Art

When all deadlines are met and time is out in my favor, one can usually find me sitting comfortably on the couch with a bowl of popcorn on one hand and a remote control on the other. Watching movies has always been one of my favorite leisure. Although I try to see films from different parts of the world as much as I can, perhaps like the many others who belong in my generation, Hollywood movies are always top of…

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Lord of the Flies_ Symbols and Conflicts

In Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, deals a lot with characterization. Each character symbolizes certain personality traits. Ralph, Jack and Simon and their symbolic importance are characters with the most symbolism for their characters. Ralph, the impression of being a tall boy with fair hair, was chosen as the chief by the other boys, which shows the natural civilized instinct within humans. He possesses the leadership qualities of man, but does not have the initiative that is…

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