Symbolism Essays

Edvard Munch the Scream and the Sick Child

Edvard Munch was born in Norway in 1863 and became a troubled artist after he was influenced by many older impressionists. Most of his work is a reflection of impressionism and tells a story that is mostly dark or consist of death, illness, anxiety, pain, or fear. His paintings also are influenced by the heartache he endured as a child watching close family members die from sickness that he survived, such as, his sister and his mother who both became…

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Symbolism and _a Rose for Emily_

William Faulkner used many symbols in writing “A Rose for Emily.” There is the omnipresent symbol of time, connecting Emily’s past with her present. Faulkner uses the tax bill as a symbol of the community, from which Emily is removed. Even Emily is herself a symbol. She is, Faulkner says, a monument, albeit one that has fallen at the beginning of the story. These symbols intersect to create a deeper meaning that sets the tone for Faulkner’s surprise ending. Symbols…

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_midsummer’s Night Dream__ Themes, Symbolism, and Contrast

The fundamental themes of a Midsummer’s Night Dream are magic, dreams, and the difficulty of love. Throughout the play, these universal concepts are nourished in every scene by the recurring use of contrast. Shakespeare’s ideas are represented by his use of symbolisms. A Midsummer’s Night Dream conveys the themes of love, dreams and magic through use of contrast and symbolism throughout the play. When Lysander comments, “The course of love never did run smooth,” he declares the most important theme…

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Creon and Oedipus

Oedipus the King, the tragic hero is most certainly Oedipus. Oedipus, first of all, is a good man. When he declares, “My spirit grieves for the city” (l 75-76), he shows a deep passion. His sympathy for his people and his desire to be their savior, he earns the respect and love of the people.The respect of the people is crucial in creating the tragic effect that comes with a tragic hero’s downfall, and Sophocles utilizes this by means of…

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Symbolic Interact

One of the three major theoretical perspectives used in sociology is the Symbolic Interactionism. The concept of the theory was first used by Max Weber and George Mead. They both gave importance to the subjective meaning of social processes and human behavior. While Weber and Mead are the first to develop the theory, it was Herbert Blumer who coined the term “symbolic interactionism”. Symbolic Interactionism as a theory allows us to observe the world and see it in a different…

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The Old Guitarist

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in an extremely chaotic era of time. The Industrial Revolution, Darwinism and Marxism ran society; these three factors affected art and created a new era called Modernism. Post- Impressionist and Symbolist artists influenced Picasso’s style most. The Symbolist ideals played a huge part and influenced Picasso’s painting The Old Guitarist. Symbolist artists preferred subjective and imaginative subjects; these subjects were usually adopted from the artist’s emotions, dreams and spirituality. Made in 1903, The Old…

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Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie

Introduction Thesis: Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie, uses symbolism to explain how illusion is used as as an escape from reality in the lives of the Wingfield family. The four major symbols used in the play are: Laura’s Glass Menagerie (subtopic 1); the Fire Escape (subtopic 2); the Glass Unicorn (subtopic 3); and “Blue Roses” (subtopic 4). Body Paragraphs Subtopic 1: Laura’s Glass Menagerie What critics say Glass menagerie as escape from reality Subtopic 2: The Fire Escape What critics say…

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Gilman’s _the Yellow Wallpaper_ and Steinbeck’s _the Chrysanthemums

“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman are short stories which have a female protagonist struggling through a suffocating marriage and living in a society that says that women can not exist outside of marriage. “The Chrysanthemums” written by John Steinbeck is a story about a woman worn and oppressed by a male dominated world. A world which breaks a woman’s will, strips away their humanity, and obscures who they really are and what…

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The Road not Taken by Frost_ our Choice our Perception

The theme of “The Road Not Taken” by Frost shows that all people have choices to make in their lives. And that the choices we make are guided by our perception of the paths we have to choose from. And that we have to live with the choices we make. In the Poem the setting is a literal setting. This is described in the first line of the poem “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood”. Frost goes on to…

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Author use many symbolism in the book The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. She uses symbolism because it makes it easier for readers to understand the deeper meaning or feeling of the character or the events that are happening. For example, author uses the symbolism of bean trees as transformation and Ismene as the abandoned children to show the deeper meaning of them. “Turtle was staring up at the wisteria flowers. “Beans,” she said, pointing… We looked where she was…

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Symbol of Shame

Symbolism in literature is the hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is used to represent moral and/ or religious values and beliefs. As time goes on in the world, society and what makes up society changes. In today’s sense, pride is based on the individualism that one has developed. The diversity in today’s society allows for many different beliefs and social concepts. Looking back to the early years when Puritanism was an ongoing religion with many followers, tradition…

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Symbolism in the Fall of the House of Usher

Symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character. Symbolism in “The Fall of the House of Usher” begins with the title. At the end of the story, the house itself does indeed fall; in the beginning and through out the short story, however, the narrator has effectively described the different symbols portrayed. There is much symbolism associated with the house itself, the house’s front wall, as the narrator describes,…

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A Probe Into Literary Symbolism

“”This here is my name, to begin with,” he said. ARNOLD FRIEND was written in tarlike black letters on the side…” (Oates, 33). This self-introduction of Arnold Friend in Joyce Carol Oates’ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? sums up the allegorical irony which is also to be found in Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor. Both the short stories are replete with a profusion of symbolisms acting as a set of literary devices. This essay is going…

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The Importance of Symbolism in _hills Like White Elephants_

To have courage is to do what you want without the care of what others will think. By that standard Earnest Hemingway is a very courageous man. During a time when abortion was such an unspoken taboo, Hemingway threw caution to the wind and wrote “Hills Like White Elephants”, a story about an American man and his girlfriend, Jig. The couple is at a train station in Europe on their way to Madrid to get Jig an abortion. Symbolism plays…

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Of Mice and Men_ Symbolism

In the novel, of mice and men, theer was symbolizm throughout the story. In the beginning of the novel the stting was perfect, like “The Garden of Eden”. LIke in “The Garden of Eden” there was a snake, and in this novel it slipped across the water sggestin possible evil to come. The rabbits on the other hand symoloized Lenny’s joy and goodness, and formed the bases of his dreams. In the beginning Of Mice and Men, the story began…

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