English_Master February 25, 2016 No Comments
IMPORTANCE OF SYMBOLS IN STORY TELLING In all novels the use of symbols are what make the story feel so real to the reader. A symbol as simple as a bird can mean so much more then what you see. Whereas a symbol as complicated as the sea, can mean so much less then what you thought. It is a person perception that brings them to the true meaning of a specific symbol. Symbols are message within a word that must be analyzed to discover. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin conveys her ideas by using carefully crafted sym­bols that reflect her characters’ thoughts and futures. Early in the novel, while Edna attempts to escape from society’s strong grasp, birds emphasize her entanglement by forecasting her actions and monitor her development by re­flecting her feelings. The novel opens with the image of a bird, trapped and unable to communicate: “a green and yel­low parrot, which hung in the cage outside the door… could speak a little Spanish, and also a language that nobody under-stood”. Like the bird, Edna feels trapped and believes that society has imprisoned her. Her marriage to Mr. Pontellier suffocates her and keeps her from being free. At the same time, she remains shut apart from society...
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