Hypersignificance Terry McElhennon

Hypersignificance Terry McElhennon - ENGL 121 Terry...

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ENGL 121 Terry McElhennon The word in Mrs. Dalloway that I believe best summarizes the novel is the word “flowers.” Flowers appear many times throughout the course of the novel, and each time they take on a symbolic significance that clues us in to the characters’ internal struggles. Some of the Oxford English Dictionary definitions for the word were common, but some were quite unusual: flower, n. 1. A complex organ in phenogamous plants, comprising a group of reproductive organs and its envelopes. In the popular use of the word, the characteristic feature of a flower is the ‘coloured’ (not green) envelope, and the term is not applied where this is absent, unless there is obvious resemblance in appearance to what is ordinarily so called. In botanical use, a flower consists normally of one or more stamens or pistils (or both), a corolla, and a calyx; but the two last are not universally present. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Martinez during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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