THEMATIC ANALYSIS: Use of Symbols. UNIT 3 AOS1. LEARNING INTENTION: Identify how the use of symbolism adds to the narrative. Context of symbolism. Symbolism is the use of symbols to invest things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by something concrete.
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UNIT 3 AOS1
Symbolism is the use of symbols to invest things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by something concrete
What symbolism, then, is presented the David Malouf’s ‘Ransom’?
As an expressive, somewhat poetic writer, Malouf generally uses a variety of symbols in his books. ‘Ransom’ is no exception. It is packed with symbolism. We will focus on…
For the symbolism your group is exploring, taking the following steps:
‘The man fell silent, stared off into the distance… [and] he rubbed his nose with the heel of his hand… Priam too fell silent… He too had lost so many sons in these last months, all of them dear to him – or so he had told himself’ Pp.134 – 135.
Somax’s outward expression of his emotions teaches Priam that he had not truly felt the grief of the death of his sons. This evident when, after retelling in graphic detail the death of one of his sons, he expressed his pain in contemplative silence and ‘rubbed his nose with the heel of his hand’: a symbolic reference to tears. This forces Priam to the realisation that his son’s were perhaps not as dear to him.
Read Part 3 (111-163) and underline quotes you may use. Write these into a new ‘quotes’ section of your workbook
Answer the following questions