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Kevin Heater 3/31 Symbols of Power Symbols can be seen anywhere. While driving road signs are symbols that are easily recognized, but more abstract things can be sybols as well. For example McDonalds can be seen as symbols of American globalization. In the case of socialism in Poland a figure known as St. Stanislaw became of symbol for rebellion. St. Stanislaw was a popular literary figure who may have been either a rebel or a traitor, and who’s only recorded history is by a man named Gallus Anonimus or the anonymous Gaul. Even so St. Stanislaw was a popular enough symbol for religion and rebellion that the communist government saw the legend of St. Stanislaw as important enough to be banned from textbooks. The communist government feared the myth so much because of its message that secular authority should be in competition with ecclesiastical authority. This myth’s 900 th anniversary coincided with a visit from the pope, at the time, John Paul II the
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Unformatted text preview: secular authorities anticipated that this combination would be very controversial and they were right. This reading is similar to the one concerning Tokorozawa High School as well the reading by Cerullo. In the Tokorozawa example the children of the school protested the flag much like the Polish protested the communist regime. While the students protested the symbolism of the flag, the Polish protestors used the symbol of St. Stanislaw to further their agenda. Cerullo mentions in his article that symbols have the power to create bonds between citizens. I find this to be quite evident in the reading about St. Stanislaw. The citizens of Poland bonded together over the legend in opposition to their government, without the cohesion that the legend provided for them the may not have rallied the way they did....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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