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THE WARS

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Danysha Harriott

on 3 April 2011

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SYMBOLISM IN THE WARS BY DANYSHA HARRIOTT ANIMALS COLOURS ELEMENTS RELIGION FINDLEY USES SYMBOLS OF ANIMALS AND THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE TO CHARACTERIZE ROBERT, AND MAKES USE OF COLOUR IMAGERY AND RELIGION TO REVEAL THE BRUTALITY OF WAR. WATER EARTH AIR FIRE WHITE RED WHITE DOG COYOTE HORSES DAVID AND
GOLIATH BLACK MARE BIRDS "OFTEN CALM AND BEAUTIFUL AND GENTLE,WATER SYMBOLIZES CHANGE,REBIRTH OR RENEWAL" "THEN ROBERT DID HEAR SOMETHING.WATER.A SMOOTH,DEEP SOUND LIKE A SLUICEWAY. THE SOUND WAS HIS UNDOING. HE STEPPED TOWARDS IT EXPECTANTLY.SUDDENLY,HIS RIGHT FOOT WENT DOWN.ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE KNEE THROUGH THE EARTH"(FINDLEY 77). "EARTH SYMBOLIZES PRACTICALITY,RESTRAINT AND MATERIALISM.IT IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH THE PHYSICAL,SENSUAL ASPECTS OF LIFE" "HIS EYES WOULDN'T CLOSE BECAUSE HIS LIDS WERE CAKED WITH WHAT AMOUNTED TO PASTE.HIS MOUTH AND HIS NOSTRILS WERE CLOGGED WITH EARTH. BLOOD RAN DOWN THE BACK OF HIS THROAT BECAUSE IT COULDN'T ESCAPE THROUGH HIS NOSE"(FINDLEY 109). "AIR IS OFTEN SEEN AS A UNIVERSAL POWER OR PURE SUBSTANCE. IT'S FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE TO LIFE CAN BE SEEN IN WORDS SUCH AS ASPIRE, INSPIRE AND SPIRIT" "FOR A MOMENT THEY CEASED TO BE SOLDIERS AND BECAME EIGHT PANIC-STRICKEN MEN WHO WERE TRAPPED IN THE BOTTOM OF A SINK HOLE,EITHER ABOUT TO BE DOWNED OR SMOTHERED TO DEATH WITH GAS" (FINDLEY 124). "SEEN AS A SYMBOL OF PASSION, VIOLENCE, HATRED AND ENDINGS - SUCH AS A FIERY HELL IN MOST RELIGIONS.IT IS SEEN AS BOTH A BEGINNING AND AN END" "BUT JUST AS THE WALLS BEGAN TO FALL IN ON TOP OF THE FIFTY HORSES - ALL OF THEM STANDING IN THEIR PLACES WHILE THEY BURNED - ROBERT TURNED TO THE MARE AND SHE LEAPT THROUGH THE FLAMES - ALREADY FALLING-WITH ROBERT ON HER BACK ON FIRE"(FINDLEY 192). "EARTH AND AIR AND FIRE AND WATER" (FINDLEY 196). "BOTH THE ABSENCE OF ANY COLOUR AND THE SUM OF ALL COLOURS TOGETHER,SO IN A SENSE IT CAN MEAN EVERYTHING AND NOTHING.PROBABLY THE MOST TELLING OF BOTH ENDS OF WHITE'S SYMBOLIC SPECTRUM ARE REFLECTED IN ITS ASSOCIATIONS WITH PURITY AND A FRESH START IN THE WESTERN TRADITION,AND AS THE COLOUR OF MOURNING IN THE EAST" (NOZEDAR 57). ROWENA IS SEATED IN HER SCALLOPED WICKER CHAIR WITH THE HIGH,SOUBLE WHEELS.SHE WEARS A WHITE DRESS"(FINLEY 9). "THIS IS WHEN THE MOON ROSE - RED" (FINDLEY 7). "A VERY STRONG COLOUR.IT IS NOTICABLE AND IS OFTEN USED ON CAUTION OR WARNING SIGNS.IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH 'STOP' OR 'BEWARE'.IT IS A POWERFUL COLOUR THAT EVOKES EMOTIONS OF PASSION,LUST,ENERGY,BLOOD AND WAR" THREE BARKS "THE YARD WAS WIDE AND WET.AN OLD WHITE DOG WAS WALKING ACROSS THE CINDERS TOWARDS THE GATE"(FINDLEY 16). "IN THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION THE COYOTE HAS AN IMPORTANT SYMBOLIC MEANING. IT IS THE SYMBOL OF WISDOM,INTELLIGENCE AND THE ABILITY TO LAUGH AT ONE'S OWN MISTAKES.IT IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF TRANSFORMATION,LEARNING THE BALANCE BETWEEN RISK AND SAFETY AND UNDERSTANDING THAT ALL THINGS ARE SACRED, YET NOTHING IS SACRED"(CUMMINGS 56). "ROBERT STEPPED ASIDE AND STOOD MORE OR LESS AT ATTENTION.HE TOOK HIS ARM.HIS ARM WAVERED.HIS EYES BURNED WITH SWEAT.WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE COME AND JUMP ON HIS BACK AND MAKE HIM STOP? HE FIRED. A CHAIR FELL OVER IN HIS MIND"(FINDLEY 60). "WE SHALL NOT BE TAKEN"(FINDLEY 191). "THE BIRDS SANG.ONE LONG NOTE DESCENDING: THREE THAT WAVERED ON THE BRINK OF SADNESS.THAT WAS WHY.IT SANG AND SANG AND SANG,TILL ROBERT ROSE AND WALKED AWAY.THE SOUND OF IT WOULD HAUNT HIM TO THE DAY HE DIED"(FINDLEY 131). "ALL AT ONCE - A BIRD SANG OVER THEIR HEADS.SOMEONE SWORE,AS IF THE BIRD HAD GIVEN THEM AWAY.ROBERT GAZED UPWARD.THE SKY BEYOND THE CRATER'S RIM WAS PATCHED WITH BLUE"(FINDLEY 122) "IN CHRISTIAN FAITH,THE NUMBER THREE REPRESENTS THE TRINITY; THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT" "THE MAN BEING RIDDEN WAS TAFFLER.THE RIDER WAS SWEDE.GOLIATH"(FINDLEY 41) "THE HORSE WAS A FINE BLACK MARE,STANDING ABOUT SIXTEEN HANDS.SHE HAD BEEN WELL CARED FOR UP TILL NOW AND SOMEONE HAD OBVIOUSLY RIDDEN HER EVERY DAY"(FINDLEY 188). MYSTERY, DEATH, A SECRET OR A MESSENGER OF GREAT KNOWLEDGE.
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