66 Answered Questions for the topic Symbolism
What does Old Major in Animal Farm represent?
Old Major, the elder pig in *Animal Farm*, seems to have a different role than the younger ones. I believe he has a different view, but after he dies, the young pigs don't follow his legacy. What... more
Why does Susan say her "eyes are hard" when suffering an emotional breakdown in the Waves (Virginia Woolf)?
>"I love," said Susan, "and I hate. I desire one thing only. My eyes are hard. Jinny's eyes break into a thousand lights. Rhoda's are like those pale flowers to which moths come in the evening.... more
What's the significance of "Oranges and Lemons" in 1984?
The popular London nursery rhyme [Oranges and Lemons](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranges_and_Lemons) is quoted and partially recited several times throughout *1984*. Winston learns about it from... more
What is the significance/symbolism of the Cyclical book being cyclical in "The Library of Babel"?
In *The Library of Babel* by Jorge Luis Borges, the speaker describes the cyclical book as > (The mystics claim that their ecstasy reveals to them a circular chamber containing a great circular... more
What is the greater meaning of the thrush?
In *1984*, Orwell devotes a few lines to a singing thrush that lands several feet away from Julia and Winston during their first secret meeting. > A thrush had alighted on a bough not five... more
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... more
What is the significance/symbolism of the hexagon in "The Library of Babel"?
In *The Library of Babel* by Jorge Luis Borges, the speaker describes the Library, as the universe, as > The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps... more
What is the deeper meaning of "The Tyger"?
William Blake's poem ["The Tyger"](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43687/the-tyger) is part of his collection [*Songs of Innocence and of... more
Is Deeper Magic something more than God (the Emperor beyond the Sea) in Narnia?
When Aslan is asked why he has to die in the *The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe*, he answers something in the sense that there is a "deeper magic" that he has to obey. What exactly is this... more
What's the significance of Faust's meeting being on Easter Day?
In Goethe's *Faust*, the eponymous (anti?)hero meets the demon Mephistopheles on what seems to be Easter Sunday, during local celebrations of Easter. Given the religious themes in the story, this... more
What is the significance of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov?
In the *The Brothers Karamazov*, Ivan tells a long story to Alyosha about the *Grand Inquisitor*. I have been trying to grasp its meaning for sometime, but what is the significance of that story?
Is there any textual evidence that this death in Deathly Hallows symbolized the end of childhood?
In the beginning of *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*, we see that Hedwig is killed by the Avada Kedavra curse. >"No - HEDWIG!" The broomstick spun to earth, but he just managed to seize... more
Did the mechanical hound signify anything in Fahrenheit 451?
Ray Bradbury's *Fahrenheit 451* is written with many recurring symbols. After reading the book, I never thought that the mechanical hound was one of them, though my friend told me otherwise. **Did... more
What does "in the Ring" mean in Because I could not stop for Death?
3rd stanza: > We passed the School, where Children strove > At Recess – **in the Ring** – > We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain – > We passed the Setting Sun – I've heard of... more
Symbolism The story of an hour
Research "symbolism" from your resources on literary elements. After reading "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, identify instances when she incorporated symbolism in her work and discuss what... more