Taking a closer read at Haroun and the Sea of Stories

2393 Words Jul 8th, 2004 10 Pages
1. Identify & explain 5 symbols found in text.

Although Haroun and the sea of stories is a children's literature, symbols which overlap as archetypes are used to make this novel contain a deeper meaning and be just as enjoyable for adults.

Weather in this story symbolizes the current feeling or emotion of the characters. Dull, gloomy days often occurred when the character is depressed: "this sudden mist positively stank of sadness and gloom" (47). This symbol is clearly evident when Haroun traveled to Moody land, "the sun would shine all night is there were enough joyful people around, and it would go on shining until the endless sunshine got on their nerves; then an irritable night would fall a night full of mutterings and discontent,
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An example is the June 9th, 1985 student demonstration at Tian An Men square in China. The government attempted to stop the media from exposing this event to the public; they also attempted to wipe out any written records of this afterwards. This is similar to how certain Chupwalas in Haroun stitched their mouths, or vowed to remain silent under the orders of Khattam Shud who tried to stop the relay of information in his "kingdom" so to speak.

3. Detail 3 instances in the text where the power of story is alluded to. Explain

The power of story is often referred to in this novel. For example, on page 72, "the stories were held here in fluid form, they retained the ability to change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories and so become yet other stories...It was not dead but alive." This means that there are many variations to one idea or one story. Old tales combined with imagination can be made into new pieces of work. "no story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old--it is the new combinations that make them new."(86) There is an endless possibility and no limitations on what the story is about because new ones can always be made.

Whether it's the adventure or the escape from reality that stories provide, or that fact that it takes your mind away from tension, some people, and personally I believe that stories have the ability to relieve stress. The power of story is implied in Haroun: "you can offer [Story