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Motif/Symbolism/Theme in Native Son

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Nicole Kronzer

on 19 January 2016

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Transcript of Motif/Symbolism/Theme in Native Son

Theme
Symbol
Abstract idea
recurring
abstract noun + author opinion
Motif
images
spoken/written phrases
sound
physical movement
weather
colors
objects
concrete
a detail repeated for larger significant meaning
can point to theme, but can also aid other narrative structures (mood, tone, foreshadowing)
Theme
Symbol
Motif
The American racial divide has created a volatile atmosphere that will ultimately culminate in violence.
alarm clock
Snow
Blindness/Sight
White/Black
Native Son Examples
The competition!
Good will always conquer evil.
1. 3 big groups, 1 for each motif
2. 3 groups within each group.
3. Your job: to write down examples of your given motif on notecards. (One quote from the book per card.)
4. This is a competition--the group with the most quotes wins.
rat
The American racial divide has created a volatile atmosphere that will ultimately culminate in violence.
5. Take your pile of notecards, and write an explanation as to how your motif points to the theme:
Example Paragraph using
Streetcar:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JDqg6lDEVpOr7ganiu3GcEtaCsMNBNizh105M5a5Ue4/edit
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