After reading the book, The Other Side, the author uses symbolism, tone, and he wrote it to an audience. The book is based on racism, today we may not know about it, and it still goes on today. Whites and blacks have both been against each other until one very powerful leader stopped racism. The book has lots of symbolism related to racism.
There’s a lot of literary techniques used in “How to read literature like a professor”. One of the techniques is symbolism. In chapter 12 it talks about someone walking on a road and they encounter two roads that diverge into the woods. There’s a road that everyone uses and then there’s one that almost no one uses and he decides to take that road for some reason. “Two roads diverged into a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”. To me this symbolizes freedom and decision making. Everyone has to make decisions in their lives ranging from what to eat during lunch to life changing decisions
The poem A Story by Li-Young Lee is the complex story of a father, son and the way their relationship changes as time goes on. The bittersweet use of symbolism and imagery makes readers feel the emotion behind the boy’s plea for a story and the father’s frustration at not being able to think of one and his fear of his son leaving him.
Two roads diverging in different directions lead to an unknown destination because no one knows where the paths will take them. The two paths in the woods are symbolic for there being many choices in life. The speaker also depicts the two paths with leaves covering both equally, which shows that both are mysterious and lead to somewhere unknown to the person traveling it. Also, that no matter what choice is made do not look back, but to keep moving forward. For example in the poem the speaker says, “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (536) it depicts that the person is picking the path not commonly chosen by others even if it does not lead to good things. It may be much more difficult, and although it is going against everyone it has set the speaker apart from others.
Did Bobby, a sixteen year old boy that was masterfully crafted by Angela Johnson, become a real man? In the book, The First Part Last made, Bobby, the main character, attempts to find his identity while coping with a newborn baby. Bobby struggles through the book trying to find out what a man really is and what they are supposed to do. It could be argued that Bobby did come of age by the end of the book. Many objects, symbols, within the book could prove or disprove that thought.
In the book, The Other Side, there is a girl, Clover, who lives in a yellow house. On the other side of the fence, there is another girl, Annie Paul, that comes and sits on the fence. The only difference between the two is, Clover is black; Annie Paul is white. In, The Other Side, the tone is everybody is created equal. The symbolism is the fence; the audience is children.
Edgar Allen Poe is known for the various literary devices he uses in his works. One of the most famous devices he uses is symbolism. In many of his stories, including “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe uses symbolism to further develop each story by the messages he writes between the lines. Symbolism is an important aspect of Poe’s many works, seeing as how it allows the readers to make connections within the stories. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe represents symbolism through the title of the short story, the outfit Fortunato wears, and the Montresor family motto and coat of arms.
The life of Edgar Allan Poe can best be described as full of darkness with bright moments at times, yet he has some good ideas and good writing skills. Edgar Allan Poe is a good writer of stories and poems. His writings are about love and death. Poe has good ideas and great writing, but his stories and poems always end in darkness. Poe can be described as a great writer with deep and dark subjects.
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost contains powerful symbolism to depict the theme that there are challenging choices in everyday life that all people face. Upon reading the poem for the first time, it would seem as if the imagery were straight-forward; however, the fork in the road not only represents two paths that may be taken, but also a conflict between two choices that must be made. The speaker of the poem tells of one path that “was grassy and wanted wear,” illustrating that this road has not been traveled often (Frost 9). According to this illustration of the symbolism, in every fork in the road, there will be two, or more, options to pick from; one of them will be chosen more often than the other for a variety of reasons. However,
Symbols can be defined as; “a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.” (Google Dictionary) There are countless of symbols out there that are important and meaningful to my life. But there are a few symbols that is extra special and represents me as a person and who I am today. The four most important symbols in my life are a cross, a family, the Vietnam flag, and the piano which all connects back to one big symbol, a heart.
Northeastern University should be the most impressive organization I have participated in which there was a prominent use of symbols. According to Keyton (2010, p. 19), "In summary, a symbol is a collective representation of a culture when the symbol or meaning is deeply felt or held, is interpretable within a community, and is widely accessible to members of the community." For example, the Husky, the mascot of Northeastern University, always notices me that I am a member of the University of Northeastern Community. As is mentioned by Keyton (2010), Jayhawk, the mascot of the University of Kansas, identifies the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local businesspeople as belonging to the University of Kansas, and then helps to tie them to others who are also members of the Jayhawk community. So does husky shape my own interactions and the interactions of others in Northeastern University.
In his poem “The Road not Taken,” he communicates his thoughts about human choices. Splitting of the road in the woods could be a symbol here. We may have traversed far enough in our lives but we need to make an assertive choice for the path we’ll tread on later. This leads us down one path and precludes us from walking on the other path. The speaker deeply wishes to tread on both roads simultaneously but realizes that he will never get back to his starting spot once he commences, for the roads are unique in nature. This is a symbol for a never-changing decision– once you are firm with your choice, you can never go back. There is auditory imagery when he sighs. The paths that diverge in the forest appear to be grassy, resplendent and hope-giving.
The poem begins with a literal fork in the road. Almost automatically Frost allows us to picture ourselves as the subject of the poem. His vivid imagery describes how the road looks with the leaves turning colors during the fall season “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” () we are transported into the poem. Due to the beauty of both paths the speaker wants to travel both roads but he understands that is not possible. The man in the poem does not want to stay a long time in the middle of the two roads so he knows he has to make a choice soon. He begins to examine the roads closely and one seems like the better option but he chooses the other one despite peering onto the path of the seemingly better choice .
William Blake’s “The Tyger” in Songs of Experience, written in 1794, describes the Tyger as “fearful” while appreciating its beauty. During this time, Blake was one of the first people to see a tiger; this inspired him to write “The Tyger” and paint the creature as a majestic but fierce being. Although the origins of the Tyger are questioned, the creator is referred as “he” implying a male divine creator. While examining who or what created the Tyger, in addition to the industrial and fiery imagery, the answer could reveal what the Tyger symbolizes. William Blake’s “The Tyger,” in Songs of Experience, uses the creation of the Tyger, along with the dark, fiery environment, to argue the Tyger belongs to the creator's world and was created for a purpose; although the creature may be labeled as evil and symbolizes the negative parts of the human mind, the creature represents the other half to create a whole.