Though if it is a failed it mean that signifies a negative connotation.
Also, vampires are very symbolic. They symbolize selfishness, exploitation, refusal to respect the autonomy of other people, using people to get what we want, placing our desires, particularly ugly ones,and above the needs of another.
It usually tend to be the same story just with different characters, different scenarios but same situation, however, it usually is based on story. Like it stated in the book How to Read Like a College Professor, stories grow out of other stories and poems grow out of other poems. The stories of humanity are endlessly repeated and so is human nature. There is one vocab we have to learn and do while reading, that word is Interexuality.
That means “recognizing the connections between one story and another deepens our appreciation and experience, brings multiple layers of meaning to the text, which we may not be conscious of. The more consciously aware we are, the more alive the text becomes to us.”
Hamlet: heroic character, revenge, indecision, melancholy nature2. Henry IV – a young man who must grow up to become king, take on his responsibilities3. Othello – jealousy4. Merchant of Venice – justice vs.
mercy5. King Lear – aging parent, greedy children, a wise fool
Example:1) Garden of Eden: women tempting men and causing their fall, the apple as symbolic of an object of temptation, a serpent who tempts men to do evil, and a fall from innocence2) David and Goliath: overcoming overwhelming odds3) Jonah and the Whale: refusing to face a task and being “eaten” or overwhelmed by it anyway.4) Job: facing disasters not of the character’s making and not the character’s fault, suffers as a result, but remains steadfast5) The Flood: rain as a form of destruction; rainbow as a promise of restoration6) Christ figures (a later chapter): in 20th century, often used ironically7) The Apocalypse: Four Horseman of the Apocalypse usher in the end of the world.8) Biblical names often draw a connection between literary character and Biblical character.
frequently switched—the women save the men—or used highly ironically)
They tend to usually use Odyssey and Iliad.Example:a) Men in an epic struggle over a womanb) Achilles: a small weakness in a strong man; the need to maintain one’s dignityc) Penelope (Odysseus’s wife): the determination to remain faithful and to have faithd) Hector: The need to protect one’s family4) The Underworld: an ultimate challenge, facing the darkest parts of human nature or dealing with death6) Metamorphoses by Ovid: transformation (Kafka)7) Oedipus: family triangles, being blinded, dysfunctional family8) Cassandra: refusing to hear the truth9) A wronged woman gone violent in her grief and madness: Aeneas and Dido or Jason and Medeaj) Mother love—Demeter and Persephone
Can only discuss possible meanings and interpretations2) There is no one definite meaning unless it’s an allegory, where characters, events, places have a one-on-one correspondence symbolically to other things.3) Actions, as well as objects and images, can be symbolic.4. How to figure the symbols out? Symbols are built on associations readers have, but also on emotional reactions. Pay attention to how you feel about a text.
Daedalus and Icarus2. Flying was one of the temptations of Christ3. Symbolically: freedom, escape, the flight of the imagination, spirituality, return home, largeness of spirit, love4.
Interrupted flight generally a bad thing5. Usually not literal flying, but might use images of flying, birds, etc.6.
Irony trumps everything
Can function on multiple levels3. Can be more intense than literal descriptions When authors write directly about sex, they’re writing about something else, such as sacrifice, submission, rebellion, supplication, domination, enlightenment, etc.
Baptism is symbolic death and rebirth as a new individual2. Drowning is symbolic baptism, IF the character comes back up, symbolically reborn. But drowning on purpose can also represent a form of rebirth, a choosing to enter a new, different life, leaving an old one behind.3. Traveling on water—rivers, oceans—can symbolically represent baptism. i.e. young man sails away from a known world, dies out of one existence, and comes back a new person, hence reborn.
Rivers can also represent the River Styx, the mythological river separating the world from the Underworld, another form of transformation, passing from life into death.4. Rain can by symbolic baptism as well—cleanses, washes5. Sometimes the water is symbolic too—the prairie has been compared to an ocean, walking in a blizzard across snow like walking on water, crossing a river from one existence to another (Beloved)6. There’s also rebirth/baptism implied when a character is renamed.
They are Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. They are all very symbolic. They all are used to represent something in books and writing.Example:Spring – Fertility, Life, Happiness, Growth, Resurrection because of EasterSummer – Youth, Adulthood, Middle Age, Old Age, and DeathFall – Harvest, Reaping what we sow, Rewards and PunishmentsWinter – Hibernation, Lack of growth, Death, Punishment
Physical marks or imperfections symbolically mirror moral, emotional, or psychological scars or imperfections.2. Landscapes can be marked as well—The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot3. Physical imperfection, when caused by social imperfection, often reflects not only the damage inside the individual, but what is wrong with the culture that causes such damage4. Monsters1.
Frankenstein—monsters created through no fault of their own; the real monster is the maker2. Faust—bargains with the devil in exchange for one’s soul3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—the dual nature of humanity, that in each of us, no matter how well-made or socially groomed, a monstrous Other exists.4.
Quasimodo, Beauty and the Beast—ugly on the outside, beautiful on the inside. The physical deformity reflects the opposite of the truth.
However, the character doesn’t always have to be physically blind they can be blind sighted for a situation. Many times blindness is metaphorical, be it usually tend to make us see a failure to see—reality, love, truth, etc.Darkness – Blindness; Light – Sight
It should be mysterious in origin4. It should have strong symbolic or metaphorical possibilities1. Tuberculosis—a wasting disease2. Physical paralysis can mirror moral, social, spiritual, intellectual, political paralysis3. Plague: divine wrath; the communal aspect and philosophical possibilities of suffering on a large scale; the isolation an despair created by wholesale destruction; the puniness of humanity in the face of an indifferent natural world4.
Malaria: means literally “bad air” with the attendant metaphorical possibilities.5. Venereal disease: reflects immorality OR innocence, when the innocent suffer because of another’s immorality; passed on to a spouse or baby, men’s exploitation of women6.
AIDS: the modern plague. Tendency to lie dormant for years, victims unknowing carriers of death, disproportionately hits young people, poor, etc. An opportunity to show courage and resilience and compassion (or lack of); political and religious angles7.
The generic fever that carries off a child
However, we should at least try to recognize there qualities they present. It’ll make reading and understand much easier.
Irony triumphs everything in any story. Irony doesn’t work for every writer. It is very difficult to write and hard to recognize in stories which makes reading the story even harder.
Example: Waiting for Godot – journeys, quests, self-knowledge turned on its head. Two men by the side of a road they never take and which never brings anything interesting their way.
Some way of spotting Geography and understanding is hard. Here are some thing you might see while reading things these are what you might see and hat they represent or symbolize: Going south=running amok and running amok means having a direct, raw encounter with the subconscious. Low places: swamps, crowds, fog, darkness, fields, heat, unpleasantness, people, life, deathHigh places: snow, ice, purity, thin air, clear views, isolation, life, death