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SYMBOLISM IN LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

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Transcript of SYMBOLISM IN LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

WARNING: BIRDS
WATER
FLOWERS
The presence of rain symbolizes foreshadowing or a turn of events. When it floods the day of Urbino's funeral, which shows a change in character and future events. It symbolized the change in relationships with Fermina and Florentino.
Rain, water, and tears are all used throughout the novel as symbols for cleansing and change.
The Camelia flower is called the "flower of promise". Fermina rejects the flower along with Florentino's advances.

In chapter 2, Florentino eats gardenias and rose petals as an attempt to get "closer" to Fermina.

Florentino also creates a violin piece called "Crowned Goddess" beause
English 2A Mr. Scott
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By: Ella Madsen
DANGER AND FORESHADOWING
CHOLERA
The overall use of "Birds" in the novel was used as a sign of temptation and danger and are constantly referenced. First example of "Birds" being used in the novel was Dr. Urbino's parrot flying high into the mango tree. Dr. Urbino falls to his death due to the parrot, so it was a great sign of danger and is responsible for his death.

Another example is in the beginning of chapter two the bird poops on Fermina's embroidery, when Florentino was trying to confess his love for her which symbolizes their failed romance later in the novel.

"Then it happened: a bird shook himself among the leaves of the almond trees, and his droppings fell right on the embroidery." (61)
As obvious as it might be, Cholera is repeatedly used throughout the novel as a motivation for the character's actions. Also, Cholera's symptoms are also portrayed as "love-sickness" as described in chapter 2 "symptoms of love are the same as those of cholera".

The symbol represents danger of getting the disease but also the enduring love that two people can have for each other. When Florentino and Fermina take their honeymoon journey in their seventies on the steamship, the only way they can enjoy privacy is to fly the yellow cholera flag from the ship. The flag of plague is transformed into the flag of love and the lovers are left alone to enjoy themselves.
SYMBOLISM IN
LOVE

IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

FAST FACTS
BIRDS
WERE A SYMBOL OF TEMPTATION AND DANGER (EX. URBINO DYING BECAUSE OF PARROT)
WATER
WAS A SYMBOL OF CLEANSING OR PURITY (EX. FLOODING ON URBINO'S FUNERAL/PENTECOST)
FLOWERS
WERE A SYMBOL OF A ROMANTIC GESTURE (EX. FLORENTINO EATINS ROSE PETALS TO BECOME CLOSER TO FERMINA)
CHOLERA
WAS A SYMBOL OF LOVE-SICKNESS AND HOW TWO INDIVIDUALS CAN GET CAUGHT UP IN EACH OTHER (EX. FLORENTINO HAVING SYMPTOMS OF CHOLERA BUT ACTUALLY BEING LOVE SICK
BIRDS!!!
~the movie birds by hitchcock also symbolizes danger
When Florentino went to the transient hotel, there were prostitutes that were sent to him from Lotario (sort of like his grandfather), which he refuses because "he wants to lose his virginity for love". The prostitutes were presented as birds; which was a symbol of
temptation
.

The prostitutes are also a symbol of danger because they pose a threat to Florentino's virginity/purity.
symbol of temptation or danger?
"... a short while after noon she found him wallowing in a pool of fragrant vomit in a cove of the bay where drowning victims washed ashore." (65)
symbol of danger, warning, and change
During Hurricane Katrina, Downtown Annapolis was flooded-
danger.
Shows his obsessive love for Fermina, and the suffering he endures for her.
symbolizes a presence of love
often include or are surrounded with romantic gestures
an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.
love sick
This flag was flown whenever the ships were under quarantine.
Caribbean sea port in the 1880's (when the novel took place)
SYMBOLS
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