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Symbolism

by Rachel Leggett, Ann Carlson, and Brandon VanDyke
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Antoinette Carlson

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism

Conventional Symbols that have different interpretations depending on the cultural context. Archetypal A collective, unconscious idea, thought, pattern, or image that is the foundation or base of a symbol. Personal Symbols that are interpreted differently from person to person. symbolism The practice of representing things by
symbols, or of investing things with a
symbolic meaning or character. What art thou? So in the common layman's terms, symbolism is using one person or object to represent a larger idea. Symbolism With
Animate Objects
(People, animals) "Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
'Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, 'art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' "

-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven In this section of the Raven, the highlighted portions symbolize how the raven represents darkness and death. 'Night's Plutonian Shore' is a reference to Pluto, Roman God of the Underworld, and the negativity of death. "And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!"

-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven In this section, the raven symbolizes how the darkness, pain, death, and loss of Poe's love "Lenore" will never leave him. ('Nevermore') Symbolism With
Inanimate Objects
(Shoes, dirt, etc) Three Types of Symbolism Ex:
Main Idea = LIFE
People created Gods and Goddesses to explain natural phenomenon Ex:
Greek/Rome :
symbol for goddess
(Aphrodite, Venus)
Today : symbol for female gender Ex : Cats
1st person :
symbol for comfort
2nd person : symbol of bad luck "She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was marriage!" (Hurston 11)

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God In this excerpt from Their "Eyes Were Watching God," a connection between the main character, Janie, and a pear tree is an excellent example of symbolism. The tree itself represents Janie's love life. When the tree blooms, it symbolizes Janie's growing and blossoming love, and the beauty of marriage (especially with Tea Cake). "It was, in short, the platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold it up to the public gaze. The very ideal of the ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron."

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Chapter 2 of The Scarlet Letter This section describes the appearance of the scaffold and how it symbolizes the shame and sins of the law breakers, and represents the way of the Puritans. "The days of the far-off future would toil onward still with the same burden for her to take up. and bear along with her, but never to fling down; for the accumulating days and added years would pile up their misery upon the heap of shame. Throughout them all, giving up her individuality, she would become the general symbol at which the preacher and moralist might point, and in which they might vivify and embody their images of woman's fraility and sinful passion. Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast--at her, the child of honourable parents--at her, the mother of a babe that would hereafter be a woman--at her, who had once been innocent--as the figure, the body, the reality of sin. And over her grave, the infamy that she must carry thither would be her only monument."

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Chapter 5 from The Scarlet Letter This passage symbolizes how the scarlet letter represents the shame, humiliation, misery, and punishment for Janie's crime of adultery. That was long, long ago.
But each day since that day
I've sat here and worried
and worried away.
Through the years, while my buildings
have fallen apart,
I've worried about it
with all of my heart.
"But now," says the Once-ler,
"Now that you're here,
the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not.
"SO...
Catch!" calls the Once-ler.
He lets something fall.
"It's a Truffula Seed.
It's the last one of all!
You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
Plant a new Truffula.Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back."

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax In this excerpt from "The Lorax," the Truffula seed symbolizes hope and a new beginning. "Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings The Ring of Power symbolizes how power is out of our control and humans cannot safely possess it. This shows how easy it is for people to become corrupted or changed by the influence of power and control. "He... did not suspect that the ring itself was to blame... though he had found out that the thing needed looking after; it did not seem always of the same size or weight; it... might suddenly slip off a finger where it had been tight.' "
-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings This shows how power does not always belong to one person. "Clearly the ring had an unwholesome power that set to work on its keeper at once."
-Gandalf "I think it likely that some would resist the Rings far longer than most of the Wise would believe."
-Gandalf Created by : Rachel Leggett
Ann Carlson
Brandon VanDyke http://www.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=mexsax73w#/watch?v=g3_2D,ErL_I http://www.new-wisdom.org/cultural-history1/02-archetypes/symbolism.htm
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