Change Progress and Prosperity

2311 WordsFeb 22, 20189 Pages
Change Progress and Prosperity The Harvest took place in a small, secluded, and self-reliant agricultural community in England, before the industrial revolution. The novel was based on change, growth, progress and prosperity. The village, as the narrator Walter Thirsk stated was, “far from everywhere” (Crace, 3) and isolated from the world. The village was also fragmented and missing any development of identity. The “commons” were the people living in the unnamed village. The “commons” way of life changed from harvesting and plowing to extracting wool for clothing. Jim Crace examined the themes of change and fragmentation by the loss of identity and way of life through the use of symbols, characters, and imagery. In the Harvest, symbolism was evident throughout the novel. Symbols are commonly used to add richness and depth to the story. The author used symbols to develop the main themes of change and fragmentation. During the course of the novel, the most significant symbols included: fire, crops, ghost, unfinished cross, quills, sheep, wool, and the rock. In the novel, fire was the most impactful symbol. The novel started with two fires and ended in one. “What starts with fire will end with fire" (Crace, 198). The element of fire represents a variety of meanings such as: passion, hope, anger, devastation, and betrayal. In the beginning of the film, fire represented betrayal and devastation. “Two twists of smoke at a time of year too warm for cottage fires surprise us
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