WS_FirstDay_(Fall2016).docx - ENGL 2363 Gabrielle Young Name Worksheet Papashvily \u201cThe First Day\u201d 1 Analyze the symbolism of the hat in this short

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ENGL 2363Name_________________________ WorksheetPapashvily, “The First Day”1.Analyze the symbolism of the hatin this short story. What is its functionas a symbol? (In other words, what do readers learn with the help of tis symbol?) What possible meaningsdoes it suggest? How does it help to depict Papashvily? What does it suggest about his attitude towards his Old and New World identities? Does it help to advance the plot? How?Function of the symbol in context “With this cap on your head, they couldn’t tell you from a citizen.” The reader is shown how important it is to fit in, to look like an American. Hats were labels placedupon one’s head, and judgments were made based on the specific hat worn. Thus, resulting in the difference between employment and unemployment. Also, it was a common conception amongst immigrants to fit in right away, “in America one dresses like an American.” They believed that if they appeared to be American, they would be treated as one. It made sense in their naïve minds that even though they
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