68 Answered Questions for the topic Symbolism
Symbolism English Reading Literature
what are the main concepts raised by the text in The Death of the author by Roland Barthes?
What are the key concepts and the hierarchy of ideas mentioned in the essay of death of the author by Roland Barthes.
Symbolism English Language Language Arts
What does the first line of the fourth stanza mean?
The poem "Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye. "Quick dance, with shuffle of losses and leaves"I am unsure what this means.
Symbolism English Poetry William Blake
Why is the robin "sobbing"?
Blake's "The Blossom", part of his *Songs of Innocence* [which you can read online](http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1934/1934-h/1934-h.htm), is a very short poem about a sparrow and a robin. The... more
Symbolism Literature Mark Twain Puddnhead Wilson
What does Pudd'nhead Wilson's joke about half a dog mean?
In _Pudd'nhead Wilson_, by Mark Twain, the character David Wilson makes a remark that results in the townspeople writing him off as a "pudd'nhead". > He had just made the acquaintance of... more
Symbolism Literature J R R Tolkien The Lord Of The Rings
Why are Orcs associated with the colors red, yellow, and black in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings?
In Tolkien's *The Lord of the Rings* series, Sauron, and characters allied with Sauron, are frequently associated with the colors red, yellow, and black. For example, here is a description of the... more
Symbolism Literature Short Stories German Literature
What is the significance of "half past two" in Wolfgang Borchert's The Clock and The Bread?
In both *The Clock* and *The Bread* by Wolfgang Borchert there is a mention of the events happening at "half past two" in the morning. I have been unable to find a historical event of World War Two... more
Who or what does Benjamin the donkey represent in Animal Farm?
Benjamin is the old, irritable donkey who doesn't care who's in control, because he says that work will be the same either way. He is one of the few on the farm who can read, and who still... more
Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?
It's well known that various characters represent real Soviet figures. Who does the cat, who is fond of shirking physical work but enjoys reaping the rewards, represent? Does the cat even have any... more
Symbolism Literature Tropes
Why is black evil and white good?
This trope appears everywhere in literature - _especially_ in fantasy. Everywhere you turn, _black_ means bad and _white_ means good. This is particularly true when applied to people, or the... more
Symbolism Literature Brave New World Name Significance
Symbolism of Marx and Lenina's names in Huxley's Brave New World?
Reading Brave New World it seemed obvious to me that Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne are in some way referring to Marx and Lenin, but I couldn't figure out any clue to support this claim. Is it... more
Symbolism Literature The Hunger Games Name Significance
Meaning of President "Coin" in the Hunger Games books?
My impression was that the name Coin is meaningful as opposed to arbitrary. My thoughts on the meaning so far are: - "Other side of the same coin" in that Coin represents the good guys, but is... more
Symbolism Literature Nursery Rhyme
Is the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill based on real life events?
>Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. >Up Jack got, and home did trot, As fast as he could caper, ... more
Symbolism Literature Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Is there symbolism in Vronsky going bald in Anna Karenina?
As I am reading Anna Karinina I notice how as the story continues Vronsky is going bald. As characters meet him it is noted how he tries to hid his increasing baldness. For instance when Dolly... more
Symbolism English Character Analysis C S Lewis
Does Puzzle the Donkey have an allegorical relationship with any entity in the Book of Revelation or the Bible at large?
C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are a great children's series which present an allegory the New Testament and Biblical history. That said, Lewis sometimes put in things that don't necessarily... more
Symbolism English Poetry Sylvia Plath
What do the "mirror" and the "lake" represent in "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath?
In ["Mirror" by Sylvia Plath](https://allpoetry.com/poem/8498499-Mirror-by-Sylvia-Plath), the speaker in the poem says,> Now I am a lake.But, also at times implies that the speaker is a mirror.... more
Symbolism Literature C S Lewis The Chronicles Of Narnia
What is the symbolism of Eustace's arm ring?
In *The Voyage of the Dawn Treader*, Eustace put a cursed arm ring on, which resulted in him becoming a dragon. Does the arm-ring itself have any special symbolism (e.g. he was entrapped by his... more
Symbolism Literature Bridge To Terabithia Katherine Paterson
Was this character's death symbolic in Bridge to Terabithia?
As a child, reading *Bridge to Terabithia*, I was horrified when >! Leslie died As an older reader now, I wonder whether her death was necessary to the development of Jessie. Was her death for... more
Symbolism Literature Russian Literature Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What is the significance of the "suffocation scene" at Tchermashnya in Brothers Karamazov?
I'm re-reading *The Brothers Karamazov* and was struck again by a strange scene whose meaning isn't immediately clear to me. In "Lyagavy", Part 3, Book 8, Chapter 2 of *The Brothers Karamazov*,... more
Symbolism Literature H G Wells The War Of The Worlds
Could the War of the Worlds be considered a proto Cosmic Horror story?
After reading the War of the Worlds, I have noticed that H.G. Wells has presented several themes that would not be alien to something that Lovecraft would compose. There's a deep... more
Symbolism English C S Lewis The Space Trilogy
What is the symbolism of Ransom's heel wound?
In *Perelandra*, the second book of CS Lewis's planets trilogy, the protagonist Ransom is wounded in the heel by the Un-Man/Weston. We learn in the third book, *That Hideous Strength*, that the... more
Symbolism Literature Burning The Old Year Naomi Shihab Nye
What does "Burning" symbolize in "Burning the Old Year"?
In *Burning the Old Year* by Naomi Shihab Nye, Nye refers to "notes", "lists", and "letters" as things that can be burned. From reading this poem, I interpret the theme to be the short time for... more
Symbolism Literature Short Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
The woods as a symbol in Young Goodman Brown?
In the short story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character spends a great deal of the story traveling through a "dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the... more
Symbolism Literature Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
What is the significance of the fact that the covered wagons were traveling East at the end of Atlas Shrugged?
At the very end of *Atlas Shrugged*, a group of covered wagons picks up people who were stranded by the *Comet*'s demise. Is it significant that they're heading east (e.g. that they were somehow... more
Symbolism Literature Poetry William Blake
What is the deeper meaning of Blake's "The Lily"?
The poem "The Lily" by William Blake must be one of the shortest of his [*Songs of Innocence and of Experience* collection](http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1934/1934-h/1934-h.htm), only four lines... more
Symbolism Literature Life Of Pi Yann Martel
227 days in Life of Pi, coincidence or symbolical?
I'm wondering whether it is known whether the 227 days in Life of Pi symbolical is for pi or that the symbolism I see (as a mathematician :)) is pure coincidence. I think that it is symbolic for... more
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