Symbolism Essays


The Great Gatsby Essay (Completed in 2018)

Topics The theme of unrequited love in The Great Gatsby Discuss the fallibility of youth in The Great Gatsby Discuss the primacy of socioeconomic status as it manifests in The Great Gatsby: which characters confront it with the most grace? Which with the least? If Daisy and Jay had been members of the same socioeconomic class would they have ended up together? Why or why not? Provide textual evidence. Nick Carraway goes to great lengths to show and tell the reader that he is a reliable narrator: discuss three concretes way he does this and how successful they are. How Continue Reading...

Renaissance and Rise Of Humanism in Painting

Tribute Money (ca. 1420) is a perfect illustration of the complex formula of Renaissance religious symbolism and naturalistic beauty that characterized the works of art at this time. It tells the narrative story found in Matthew 17:24-27 in which Jesus and His disciples come to Capernaum and are told that they must pay the tribute. Jesus asks Simon Peter whether the children of the king or strangers pay the tribute. Peter answers that strangers pay it. Christ then asserts that the children of the king are thus to be considered free and instructs Peter to catch a fish in… Continue Reading...

Dome Of St Peters Basilica

the early 1400s established a new Renaissance aesthetic by blending religious symbolism with mathematical and classical principles that he drew from visits to ancient ruins of Rome as well as from Vitruvius' De Architectura. This paper will describe how Brunelleschi's unique blend inspired a new movement in Renaissance architecture -- a movement that began with the Dome of the Florence Cathedral and stretched through to the production of the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica under Michelangelo, whose plan was a kind of compromise between the Brunelleschi-inspired plan of Bramante and the more crux-like design of Raphael (Johnson). The Basilica's… Continue Reading...

Byzantine Art from the Middle Ages

story, either through sequence of events depicted over an arrangement of panels, windows or walls, or through suggestive symbolism that told a tale of the subject's life, mission, teaching, or ideas (Johnson). "Form ever follows function" (Sullivan 405) then as now. Art was used to teach people religious stories about the Virgin Mary, the life of Christ, the lives of the saints, the dictates of their religion, the virtues that they should cultivate, and the vices they should avoid. The form of the art works was meant to uplift and inspire and, thanks in no small part to the… Continue Reading...

‘araby’ by James Joyce

elements that are often used as a link of symbolism between the character and his life. It sets the mood for the story as well as depicts the mental state of the character's mind in consonance with the theme of the story. Araby is based on the oppression people are facing in the name of religion which causes them to have a very false perspective of reality. Description of the setting Araby is set in Dublin, Ireland and the story locale is a North Richmond Street that is depicted as 'blind' and quiet. The word blind is chosen to… Continue Reading...

What the Sistine Chapel Ceiling Represents

ceiling's artwork was intended for a Christian audience, the complex symbolism presented therein should be interpreted from this theologically Christian perspective, with, of course, a nod to the classical humanism underscoring the Renaissance perspective at the time. Interestingly, the center frame portrait of the ceiling is not the depiction of the creation of man or a depiction of the fall of man (these images are on either end of the center picture): the center image is a depiction of the creation of woman from the side of man. This image is given a special place in the ceiling, in… Continue Reading...

Renaissance Painting Leonardos Last Supper

composition and Judas across from them on the other side of the table. In both of these representations, the symbolism is clear: John is the disciple who most loves Our Lord and that love is the center narrative of the painting -- juxtaposed with Judas's self-love and ultimate betrayal of Christ. In Leonardo's painting, these symbolic representations are less obvious. Leonardo places Judas on the same side of the table as the other Apostles. He is recognizable because he is cast in shadow whereas the other disciples are not, and his neck is twisted to symbolize his later hanging… Continue Reading...

The Secret Lion by Alberto Alvaro Rios Review

to life by little boys. Indeed, some of the sentences constitute two or three words, e.g. 'so didn't.' symbolism is used largely to express the message of the story. The lion is used to show the boys' innocence that was continuously terrified. The grinding ball is also used to express the fascinating innocent encounters in life's way. Arroyo was a symbol of a safe ground of escape from the threats of life. Apart from the symbolism, the setting and characters in the narrative are used to provide an expression of transformation from boyhood to adulthood. The lion is also used… Continue Reading...

Aztec and Pre Aztec and Inca Civilization

elements at Teotihuacan, the Aztec people adopted the geometric and structural symbolism of the site. Aztec deities could then be transposed and superimposed on the architecture of Teotihuacan. Both the Aztecs and the Incas used grid patterns for overall urban layout and construction, as well as radial layouts that facilitate the movement of human beings within the space. The movement of human beings within the spaces of Machu Picchu and Teotihuacan is carefully designed, dependent on the layout of avenues and corridors of movement as well as the positioning of the entrances to buildings. Controlling the movement of people… Continue Reading...

Male Chastity in Novel Joseph Andrews

and satire when speaking of "male chastity." Throughout Joseph Andrews, there is sexual innuendo and symbolism as with Andrews's "office" being to "perform the part the ancients assigned to the God Priapus," as well as the use of the funny name "booby." The author cleverly juxtaposes the sexual imagery with the theme of modesty and chastity. Yet sexual innuendo is not the author's only comedic trope. He also uses clever literary devices, such as reversing the nickname for Joseph, saying that he was called "Joey, but "we shall hereafter" call him Joseph (p. 24). With Joseph's Christian identity and… Continue Reading...

Sigmund Freud & the Human Condition

psychological imaginations and popularized notions such as Freudian sleep and dream symbolism, defense mechanism, unconsciousness, and many more. These notions have greatly contributed to films, literature, and theories such as feminism, psychology, philosophy and criticism. Freud is also known for theories such as unconscious mind, specifically those revolving around repression mechanism. He redefined sexual desire as mobile and believed that it is directed towards a wide variety of objects. His therapeutic techniques improved the understanding of transference in therapeutic relationship. The technique presumed that human beings are able to gain insight into the unconscious desires through dreams. Freud's psychoanalysis… Continue Reading...

Buddhist Versus Hindu Architecture

proportions of the Buddha are reflected in the designs of religious structures (" symbolism of the Stupa," 2012). One example of the reverence of the physical Buddha's body is the Ruwanweliseya (Great Stupa) located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The Chorten's foundation symbolizes the earth; its dome symbolizes water; and its steps symbolize the thirteen stages of Enlightenment in Buddhism ("symbolism of the Stupa," 2012). The final symbol is that of wind in the form of a parasol, signifying the unity of sun and moon ("symbolism of the Stupa," 2012). It is important to note, however, that Buddhism does not venerate… Continue Reading...

Scott Fitzgeralds Babylon Revisited

era of color and shadow. This essay is meant discusses such things through exploration of themes and symbolism throughout the story, especially memory and remembrance, something is inherently tied to life and reflection. Aside from having a real-life foundation, there are several themes within the story that provide some insight into the thoughts and ruminations of the author. For example, a prevailing theme within the story is the inability to escape the past. Charlie, one of the main characters, seems to be unable to escape his wilder days. The memories of Paris haunt him, following him everywhere he goes.… Continue Reading...

Ramayana Mahabharata Divine Incarnation

into an actual political practice in the subcontinent. Human beings have a tendency to confuse the symbolism of avatar with real life; the same can be said for the Christian myth (Halligan, n.d., p. 89). On the other hand, the hero of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna, incarnates as a fully divine being who self-consciously instructs the world of humans on the cosmological and theological order, which is presented as being far more important than the world of human affairs. Monogamy, marriage, and chastity are unimportant in the bellicose world of the Mahabharata. The heroes of the epic battles depicted… Continue Reading...

Exegesis Of Pauls Letter to Philemon

with Christ until the end of days. The literal prison takes on metaphorical and metaphysical symbolism in Paul's work as Paul bolsters the spirits of the Christian community. This idea of Christians as free, even free to take on the yoke of imprisonment or bondage is also reflected in Paul's comment that he is "bold enough in Christ to command" Philemon to do his duty but would rather Philemon do it on the basis of love (1:8). Christians are always free, even if they are in prison like Paul, because they can choose to redeem themselves, like Philemon's servant… Continue Reading...

Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickenson

the harbinger of eternal life. Otherwise, the poem lacks overt Christian symbolism or references to God. Eternal life is the framework that helps the speaker understand and accept death better. Comment by Author: John 3:16 ESV / 167 helpful votes "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.Romans 6:23 ESV / 125 helpful votes For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.John 17:3 ESV / 113 helpful votes And this… Continue Reading...

The Human Condition and Its Diversity

artists express or exploit the various aspects of the human condition through the use of divine symbolism and representative canvases.  Divine symbolism is used to convey profound spirituality and to demonstrate the spiritual aspect of the human condition.  Through this, the artists convey the depth of human emotion using a universal visual language that involves a combination of abstract forms and colors.  An example of such artwork is Composition VII in 1913, which communicated deeper human emotions and themes (The Art Story par, 5).  The other way with which visual arts expresses or exploits the various aspects of the… Continue Reading...

Feminism in Frankenstein Introduction

promotes the novel as a whole by prompting the reader to pay attention to its autobiographical symbolism and feminist discourse within a Romantic framework. The 1831 introduction shows that Shelley's Frankenstein is a novel that covertly addresses gender identity and explores the pitfalls of patriarchy. For one, the sardonic introduction lambastes the publishers' persistent questions about the origins of the novel, almost as if the publishers had been pestering Shelley because they did not believe that she was capable of writing the story herself. O'Rourke points out that in the 1831 edition in which the introduction appears, Shelley also… Continue Reading...

Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Literacy

analyzed and discussed in class for its manifest content, artwork, or symbolism. Another way to use the medium of comic books or graphic novels is as Taylor does in " 'He's Gotta Be Strong, and He's Gotta Be Fast, and He's Gotta Be Larger Than Life,'" which uses comic books to discuss the broader issues related to gender, stereotyped masculinity, and the aesthetics of the male form. A growing body of empirical evidence shows that the instructional and cognitive value of comic books can be integrated into emerging pedagogical methods. For example, Schwarz shows that graphic novels and comic… Continue Reading...

Eucharist and Different Models Of Sacrifice

human beings," including ritual sacrifice, thereby denying the efficacy of the lamb symbolism (Peters, 2006, p. 234). The scapegoat symbol ultimately transmutes the outmoded concept of ritual sacrifice, which is anathema to the new Covenant. Although the happy exchange model corresponds best to the Cooke (1994) concept of Eucharist as communion, the use of communion and Eucharistic sacrament to convey Jesus's living sacrifice is a critical component of Catholic worship. The Eucharist represents the cultivation of a new Covenant with God, based not on the Old Testament ritual sacrifice but on a sacrifice that leads directly to salvation. Indeed,… Continue Reading...

How Artists Drive Gentrification and Political Issues

into the community, they also helped to preserve the architectonic structure and its symbolism (Pallares-Barbera, Dot and Casellas, 2012). In fact, gentrification is both a material process and a symbolic act (Makagon 2010). Tri-stage gentrification is increasingly becoming normative in urban centers around the world. In fact, Makagon (2010) suggests that gentrification is never accidental, and always requires partnerships between city governments, land developers, and the artist-pioneers who generated the cultural capital that made those gentrification projects possible in the first place. One notable exception to receiving public support might be Istanbul. In Istanbul, artists eschew government support as… Continue Reading...

Hawthorne Vs Poe Story Comparison

underlying human nature. The novels and short tales of fiction teem with symbolism, attempting at offering deeper understandings of story plots. Typically, symbolism forms a component of the context’s natural backdrop or is integrated into the characters’ development. The aforementioned two elements of writing prove central to the styles of Hawthorne and Poe. Hawthorne regards setting to be highly vital to a tale’s comprehension and practicality. However, the author doesn’t devote much time to illustrating several of his tales’ setting, in comparison to the depth of characters’ thinking described for readers’ benefit. For instance, in the story titled “The Minister’s… Continue Reading...

Symbolism and Setting in Masque Of Red Death

in his short story “Masque of the Red Death” through symbolism, setting, and narration. The colors of the room serve as symbols of life, with the red room serving as a symbol of blood and of the horror that awaits the revelers as the plague that they think they have escaped makes its way in to their party. The setting is also important. It is a party held in an abbey, secluded from the rest of the country, and the people are celebrating while those outside are dying. There is a distinct sense of separation and division between those… Continue Reading...

Super Size Me Documentary Review

“good” food without having to prepare any of it for yourself), and it is about symbolism and tradition. McDonald’s has the ultimate symbol (the Golden Arches), which the kids trace in the air as they sing their song, and which rivals perhaps the American flag as the Western symbol most united to prosperity. In this light, Spurlock casts his subversive film, highlighting the Founder’s values which are rooted in common sense (of course if you take care of the customer, the business will take care of itself), and connecting it to innocence and to the foundations of the country.… Continue Reading...

Dreams the Unconscious Mind and Defense Mechanisms

an older age cohort. The Jungian perspective offers fresh insight into dream analysis and symbolism, allowing the researcher and therapist to blend elements from mythology, symbolism, metaphysics, and transpersonal psychology. As the symbols of the subconscious mind during the waking state blend with the unconscious mind’s dream lexicon, the therapist can easily aid the older client to find meaning and resolve existential crises. The process of psychotherapy can be used to trigger improved dream recall, which then allows the client to reflect on the surfacing material. Manifest material in dreams can offer clues to its latent content: which in… Continue Reading...

My Papa’s Waltz Poem Analysis

behavior, adding to the dramatic tension in the poem. Music and dance symbolism also add a potent degree of irony to the poem, as a waltz is typically associated with fine art and not with domestic violence. The subtle cues in the poem related to gender and socioeconomic class do, however, show that Roethke deliberately chose the waltz specifically as a means of making social commentary. A formal dance, the waltz has a specific structure in which the male is supposed to lead the two-person partnership. The speaker of “My Papa’s Waltz” affirms this, especially by showing how he… Continue Reading...