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Mad shadows seminar

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Analysis by: Brian Raj and Gomez Mad Shadows Introduction: Agenda Windows Crucial symbols Alienation and damnation Themes
"He watched in silence and did not understand, but his idiot face was so dazzling that it made on think of genius." (Blais 15) (Shows Patrice’s lack of intelligence)


"He was destined to know nothing but his own beauty. This he discovered." (Blais 18)


"At forty, Louise was still a frivolous doll, empty and excessively concerned with her slender body. Patrice's beauty was to her but a reflection of her own." (Blais 24)


"He felt a bitter need to beg for mercy, but his own feelings were as confusing to him as his soul." (Blais
36)(Has a soul, but does not make use of it)


"How odd, my pupils are dilated. Probably the anxiety.The vulgar doll was trembling.And your cheek? What have you there?The blemish on her cheek was like a welt on a leper, a sinister patch which threatened to destroy her. She covered it with cream but the cream turned purple." (Blais 60) Dolls "old cane which he used, with infinite grace, to support his lame leg. This infirmity, which enhanced his proud bearing and broad shoulders, captured the essence of his vanity.” (Blais 31)

“The gold cane reminded him of Lanz and of his walk that afternoon, and also Lanz’s beard, and Lanz’s eyes which he feared. (Blais 36)

“Lanz was laughing gaily as he walked along, pushing the grass aside with his little gold cane. Sometimes he twirled this baton so skilfully that his lameness seemed no more than a dapper affectation.” (Blais 34)
“ ‘Put that whip down,’ ordered Lanz, laying his gold cane on the child’s arm." (Blais 53)


“ Lanz and his gold cane were still inseparable. It made him look like a rich angel, lent him an aura of nobility, an illusion of freedom.” (Blais 72)



“ One outstretched hand clutched the gold cane, as blood ran from his body. But the cane was carried away in the stream, like a veil from last night’s ball.” (Blais 75) Cane
“Louise was appalled. She bent over her son, begging him not to die. He fell asleep, warmed by her breath, having finally found in his mother the mirror he had been seeking.” (Blais 32)


“ Patrice lived alone in his room, in front of his mirrors. But he was growing weary of himself. His own features no longer gave him pleasure.” (Blais 68)


“Patrice abandoned himself to speed, desperately trying to discover the person he might have become. He had a wild craving for mirrors... He grew so intoxicated that had his horse, with no hand to guide it, carried him headlong into the lake, he would not have struggled or wondered why.” (Blais 74)



“ In order to pay him homage, Faust imitated Patrice’s expression, contorting his own face. He could create such a fantastic resemblance that Patrice feared him, the way he feared mirrors. “ (Blais 113) Mirrors Fire The Scar Water Cane Function with the theme http://www.markedbyteachers.com/international-baccalaureate/drama/lack-of-self-knowledge-in-mad-shadows.html
http://writingbee.com/blog/essay-writing/symbolism-essay Sources Bread Hands Windows Mirrors Loss of innocence
Lack of self-knowledge(sense of self); false beauty (god-like); vanity
Dysfunctional family, ironic motherly relationship
Love cannot be achieved
Torture and power; sadism; violence; destructive tendencies
Journey to destruction
Truth’ appearance versus reality
Justice versus injustice; good versus evil
Sin and punishment
Alienation and damnation Themes By: Brian Raj and Christine Gomez Mad Shadows Meaning: Soulnessness
Theme: Lack of self-knowledge, sense of self, false beauty, God like and vanity. Truth; appearance versus reality.
Quotes:
"He watched in silence and did not understand, but his idiot face was so dazzling that it made on think of genius." (Blais 15) (Shows Patrice’s lack of intelligence)
"He was destined to know nothing but his own beauty. This he discovered." (Blais 18)
"At forty, Louise was still a frivolous doll, empty and excessively concerned with her slender body. Patrice's beauty was to her but a reflection of her own." (Blais 24)
"He felt a bitter need to beg for mercy, but his own feelings were as confusing to him as his soul." (Blais 36) (Has a soul, but does not make use of it)
"How odd, my pupils are dilated. Probably the anxiety. The vulgar doll was trembling. And your cheek? What have you there? The blemish on her cheek was like a welt on a leper, a sinister patch which threatened to destroy her. She covered it with cream but the cream turned purple." (Blais 60) Dolls The Scar
Hands
Fire
Bread Dolls
Cane
Mirrors
Water
Windows Crucial Symbols Themes Crucial symbols Analysis of Symbols: windows
scar
hands
fire
bread dolls cane mirror water Jeopardy The Scar Meaning: Soullessness Theme: Lack of self-knowledge, sense of self, false beauty, God like and vanity. Truth; appearance versus reality. Meaning: Signifies power Theme: Torture and Power Quotes Meaning: Reflection of oneself. Theme: Alienation and damnation. Quotes: Dolls Cane Mirrors Water Bread Fire Hands Loss of innocence Lack of self-knowledge(sense of self); false beauty (god-like); vanity Dysfunctional family, ironic motherly relationship Love cannot be achieved Torture and power; sadism; violence; destructive tendencies Journey to destruction Truth’ appearance versus reality Justice versus injustice; good versus evil Sin and punishment Water Meaning: Symbolic for birth, death, resurrection, purification, redemption, fertility, growth
Theme: Reflections. Alienation and damnation. “ When he reached the lake Patrice waited for the water to bring him peace. He looked at his reflection and then rose, very slowly, holding out him arms as though trying to drink of his own beauty, drop by drop until there was no more.” (Blais 35)

“Then he would go outside and run to the lake where he would weep without understanding, while before him was reflected the image of a young man he had never known.” (Blais 102)

“Patrice knelt on the shore with his head in his hands and cried as a child would cry.” (Blais 107)

“ Patrice, who thought of her as a cherished sister, like his mirror or the reflection in the lake, Patrice who had such a desperate need to offer his beauty to someone, was baffled by these strange developments.” (Blais 93) Window Meaning: freedom or lack thereof symbol applies to Louise directly but the theme of alienation and damnation through the lack of freedom is evident throughout the novella. trapped from the outside world by her self-obsession, and the need for the validation of her beauty. "Louise usually wandered around dreamily between the mirror and the window"(Blais,36) "At that very moment Louise was thinking, I will not die; I will not die. she leaned against the window, as she had done in 'the days of her son' and cast a dismal glance over their fields and siloes that were bursting like golden bellies". (Blais 120) Louise leaning against the window symbolizes her yearn to be free and escape the reality of her grotesque appearance. context: Louise is dying in her farm, her skin mauve with streaks of black. Hands archetypal for strength and weakness theme: truth ; appearance vs reality Louise: hands reflect her doll persona, and the unequal love/ tenderness she has for her children. 'Louise's stern features expressed the hatred and contempt she bore for her daughter. she placed an icy hand on Isabelle- Marie's emaciated shoulder"( Blais 70) "'Patrice..Patrice', she called, cupping her gloved hands. "( Blais 30) Louise's hands are gloved. Her vanity is reflected by her hands being adorned opposed to being bare. Isabelle Marie the worker the maker of bread malicious/ evil nature Isabelle Marie is the labourer her hands are depicted as being tough as hide She uses her hands to cultivate the earth, and is the maker of the daily bread. Her hands reflect her initial role in the dysfunctional family, and are symbolic for her physical strength. "Isabelle- Marie was cutting the bread with a feverish hand"( Blais 21) Lanz aggressive nature physical strength Louis' hands do not posses a candid, natural humanness. Blais utilizes the symbol of Louise's hands as a reflection of Louise herself to depict the only time in which Louise is not a "doll". "Louis feel upon him, cradling his head between her hands caring for his wounds with a grave and trembling hand, a hand that was at last human." (Blais 75) grace/ elegance "he stood by the window, tense, angry, running, his tapered dancer's fingers up and down the curtains". (Blais 52) For Patrice, Lanz's hands represent the aggression he felt. He associates dominance and pain from Lanz's hands. "Everything in his mind began to spin, the whip, Lanz's hands , his gloves, the bread which Isabelle- Marie had hidden from him, his face, the water". (Blais 70) Patrice's personality is not reflected in his hands, because he doesn't have a personality. Bread Meaning: Communion absent, symbol of creation ( benevolent God the father), Theme: sin and punishment, torture and power 2 Functions: 1. Symbol of creation
2. Tool for power first time bread is used as a symbol is with the absent father character. Father depicted as a 'creator' figure. "and yet Isabelle-Marie took after her father, the gallant dreamer and poet who used to speak of his land as though of a virgin consecrated to God." (Blais 24)
allusion to Christianity.

bread is symbolic of the host

the Father is symbolic for God the father The father is also described as "the maker of bread.When he tilled the virgin loins of the earth".
The host is symbolic of being with God. In Mad shadows no one is allowed to receive the bread/ host. God, in the christian faith, is love. In mad shadows true love in non-existent; thus no one is with God. If no one is with God , then the communion is absent. - torture item -Isabelle- Marie employs the bread as a mechanism to elevate her power and control over Patrice when she refuses to feed him bread. - relates back to absence of communion
- " I'm hungry, I'm hungry. He went on tormenting his sister, pleading with her in a trembling voice while she, carried away by her new power...." Symbolic for destruction baptism through fire; cleanses, purifies. Isabelle-Marie employs fire as a tool for destruction. burns down the farm for vengeance beguiles Patrice into leaning into the boiling water, heated by flames. Theme: destructive tendencies The Scar meaning: symbolizes Louise's vanity. the scar is quite literally infront of Louise's face, as a warning for cancer. Louise's vain nature if portrayed by how she refuses to recognize the scar as a problem and covers it up with makeup. Questions Jeopardy
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