Kalashnikava Vika Kalashnikava College Writing 1201-14 11/29/17 Literary Analysis Signs and Symbols Every story is written in a unique way. There's always a hidden message that the author wants the readers to find. We as readers need to find those clues that lead us to message. The signs and symbols are all hidden in the stories. In the short story “Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov, the author uses point of view, character, and theme to understand the depth of this story, and to find those signs and symbols. In the short story “Signs and Symbols”, t he author uses third-person point of view to present the thoughts of the mother, father, and son. The story starts with the parents thinking about what present to give to their son who was “incurably deranged in his mind”. The parents end up choosing an innocent basket of ten different jars with different jellies. As they visit their son in the mental institution, it becomes known that his mind is deranged. “Referential mania” is what it's called. He believes that the everything man-made is against him. His world is his conspiracy where he thinks more intelligent than other men. The parents are devastated as they need to return home because of another attempt to suicide. The father can't sleep and the mothers looking at old photographs remembers all the darkness that surrounded her life. Whatever
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- Short story, The New Yorker, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike