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The collection of little glass animals that Laura keeps and fusses over are symbols of her own fragility and the unreal life she lives. Her favorite ornament is the unicorn, and this takes the symbolism further, since the unicorn is a creature of myth, not of reality. The unicorn...
Eyes and Vision - Symbols in The Chosen Potok uses imagery of eyes and eyeglasses to convey the times when a character is faced with a challenge that will result in him seeing the world differently. The image is applied both to Reuven and Danny. In the softball game, Reuven...
The Moon In Jane Eyre the moon is a metaphor for change.  The moon is either described or looked at many times throughout the novel when Jane's life will take on a new direction.  Just a few examples are when Jane leaves Gateshead, when she first meets Rochester and right...
Blue Eyes Symbols Blue eyes is a recurring metaphor. It is seen in the longing that Pecola has for blue eyes, the blue eyes of the Mary Janes on the candy wrapper, and the bluish green eyes of the black cat that Junior kills, which shine in the light like...
Mirror in The Bell Jar One of Esther's problems is that she does not really know who she is. She has no firm sense of identity. It is noticeable how often she looks into a mirror, or sees a reflection of herself, but does not recognize the image as herself....
What plants are symbolized in the bean trees In The Bean Trees, plants are everywhere. Turtle's most prominent vocabulary has to do with vegetables, and Mattie grows a wonderful garden. The plants serve as a running metaphor for the lives of the people. Like people, plants cannot flourish if they...
The sea is a dominant metaphor in The Awakening, which Chopin employs to both familiar and novel effect. Since the days of ancient near eastern creation epics, the sea has stood for primordial chaos and danger; clearly, the sea takes on these characteristics in Chopin's novel as well. In...
Gloucester's Eyes in King Lear: Gloucester was tortured and had his eyes popped out because of his blindness while alive.  The fact that he couldn't tell the true nature of his own sons made him blind long before he actually lost his sight.  Like Lear's fading sanity, he seems...
The Congo River Literally, the Congo River is the means by which the Europeans enter the region.  It is also their main method of transportation.  Marlow equates the river with a coiled snake.  Thus, it is a symbol of danger; it lies in wait, ready to strike.  It should be...
Salamander Symbol in Fahrenheit 451: The Salamander insignia represents the firemen of Bradbury's brave new world.  Bradbury uses the Salamander to exemplify the decrepit nature of the government.  This society, like a salamander, has sunk into the depths of depravity, and now, though seemingly modern, is really more primitive...
Winter and cold in Ethan Frome Throughout Ethan Frome, the characters and setting mirror each other. Starkfield is besieged by long winters in which everything lies buried under a deep, frozen layer of snow. Similarly, Ethan "seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with...
Cain and Abel in East of Eden A story taken from "Genesis," the first book of the Bible. The sons of Adam and Eve, Cain is a farmer and Abel a shepherd. The brothers offer sacrifices to God the Father and for some unknown reason God favors Abel's gift of...
Seeds/Garden: Miller uses these motifs throughout his play to symbolize Willy's need and desire for success.  They also represent the legacy that Willy never leaves with his family.  Though Willy attempts to plant his garden near the end of the play, this is too little too late.  His life...
Journey and Search in Cry, the Beloved Country Cry, the Beloved Country is organized around two searches. The first is a physical search by Stephen Kumalo for his son, Absalom. The second is an intellectual and emotional search on the part of James Jarvis for the spirit of his son, Arthur,...
Visual Symbols in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof There are two visual symbols present on the stage throughout. The first is the big double bed. Williams wrote in his note for the designer that staging should make the bed "a functional part of the set as often as suitable, the...
Symbols There are three principle symbols in Bless Me, Ultima. First, the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She represents divine forgiveness. The town of Guadalupe, where the Marez family lives, is named after her.  Antonio's mother has a two-foot high statue of the Virgin in her home, to whom...