Nature's Gold and Ghost Stories Essay

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Life and death are leaves us with an known and unknown that are unavoidable. In the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost symbolism, rhyme, and allusion are used to describe not only nature’s life cycle but the human life cycle as well. The allegory “Used to Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys uses symbolism and motif to deliver a story of a woman who has died but is unaware that she has actually passed away. Even though both of these pieces of literature utilize similar elements that symbolize the human life cycle in their writings they are very different in nature, and the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” leaves you with an actual reality of all beings lifecycles and the allegory leaves you with imagination only. “A symbol is something…show more content…
This first use of symbolism differs from the allegory “Used to Live Here Once.” The second sentence is where the narrator starts the use of symbolism to explain the different steps in life through the explanation of the rocks in a river. “The round unsteady stone, the pointed one, the flat one in the middle –– the safe stone where you could stand and look around,” the unsteady stone represents life as a child, when we are first learning to walk and talk, the pointed stone is the apex of our journey through life, the flat stone was after our hard days were done, such as when we are older and more mature, and the safe stone represents when you took a step back and decided not to engage life, but life is for living so you must continue to move forward and not stand off to the side. Finally the narrator explains one more rock, “The next one wasn't so safe for when the river was full the water flowed over it and even when it showed dry it was slippery,” this sentence explains her current situation. Being that she had died and does not realize that yet, she is in a situation to where even though everything looks right the next step is a slippery one, soon she will find out that she is no longer alive. The first use of symbolism in each of these pieces is about life, one tells us that life is a precious thing, where

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