Symbolism First Draft

Symbolism First Draft - Matta 1 Ed Matta Dr. Tabor English...

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Matta 1 Ed Matta Dr. Tabor English 104B 8 December 2009 Quilts, Religion and Symbolism A symbol is something that represents something else, either by association or by resemblance. Symbolism is often found in almost every text to send a certain message to the reader. In most literature, symbolism can be displayed in order to send a meaning to the writing above and beyond what is actually being described. Two texts are examples that tend to use symbolism. The first one is “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry and the second one is “Everyday Use” written by Alice Walker. For example, these two texts display their own unique use of symbolism such as: the magi, the chops, the butter churn, and the quilt. In “Gift of the Magi” and “Everyday Use” the authors use symbolic objects to connect these objects with the overall theme that is demonstrated in their respective works. In “Gift of the Magi,” O. Henry uses symbolic objects to connect them with the overall theme of compassion demonstrated in his work. There is an important amount of symbolism in this short story. For example, O. Henry uses the number “three” to show the reader about love and compassion. There are three magi who are supposed to be the wise man from a biblical sense. The last paragraph compares Jim and Della to the three wise men that
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Matta 2 are described to deliver gifts to Jesus on the first Christmas. The gifts that they give each other are described as gold frankincense and myrrh. The frankincense and myrrh are symbolizing the literal gifts they give each other and the gold is symbolizing the overall theme of the text which is love. “When the three wise men brought their gifts to the manger in Bethlehem, frankincense and myrrh were at the height of their value. One pound of frankincense cost today's equivalent of $500 and a pound of myrrh was $4,000. While the value of these natural resins has decreased--both can be purchased in the United States today for only $15 per pound-- gold has increased in value over the last two thousand years. A chest of
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2010 for the course ENG 114 taught by Professor Tabor during the Spring '10 term at Moravian.

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