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The Symbolism of Hair in Literature

I am very interested in hair in literature. This prezzi will document my journey to discover exactly what I wanted to explore about the symbolism of hair.

Renee Romero

on 4 December 2012

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The Symbolism of Hair in Literature Week 1 Further steps 1) I am working on the topic of symbolism pertaining to hair
Because I want to find out why hair is special to so many cultures
So that I can help others understand __________not sure yet_____________.

2) I am working on the topic of human and animal conversions
Because I want to find out why humans use animals to confront their bestial nature
So that I can help others understand ___________not sure yet______.

3) I am working on the topic of suicide
Because I want to find out why suicide is romanticized in literature and the media
So that I can help others understand how much of an impact it has on the suicide rate (if at all). At the end of this meeting I decided that I would focus on how hair is portrayed in Children's Literature Week 6 Speedbumps on the road Why was hair so important to me? Week 4 Week 3 Week 7 Week 2 There were many different aspects of hair I could focus on Week 5 At the end of the meeting I decided I wanted to focus on male hair and the obsession with long, full, curly locks Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Final TQS I am researching the symbolism of hair in children's literature, specifically Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Morrison's The Bluest Eye, because I want to examine how african-american hair is portrayed to adolescents in order to help authors understand how important it is to portray african-americans with a healthy hair image in children's literature . Finding a Topic I chose to look at hair symbolism in literature The character Sakura cutting her hair in the anime show Naruto Picture of Medusa from
MIT student website "Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life"
Proverbs 16:31 "Yes, but we are not to conform to nature: I wish these girls to be the children of Grace: and why that abundance? I have again and again intimated that I desire the HAIR to be arranged closely, modestly, plainly. Miss Temple, that girl�s hair must be cut off entirely; I will send a barber
Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte length color texture portrayal in a certain literary genre portrayal in a certain time period specific gender style It all came down to

issues of

IDENTITY Meeting with Heather "...If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man." Judges 16: 17b Meeting with Kelly Gathering Evidence "As she spoke, Jo took off her bonnet, and a general outcry arose, for all her abundant hair was cut short."
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott More Evidence "There was something in his appearance remarkably beautiful and engaging. His black hair, fine as floss silk, hung in glossy curls about his round, dimpled face..." "Her woolly hair was braided in sundry little tails, which stuck out in every direction...altogether there was something odd and goblin-like about her appearance..." Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe More Evidence Realized I had noticed this before, in other novels, such as The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Where do i go from here? If I choose to continue developing my thesis, I will search for a research adviser next quarter. I will also look more into children's literature and scholarly articles to decide if I want to expand my search topic or perhaps revise it.
OR... Hester next gathered up the heavy tresses of her hair, and confined them beneath her cap...a gray shadow seemed to fall across her." The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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