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Summer Lit Series

with Beau Laughed

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HOW TO READ A NOVEL:
ALLEGORY & SYMBOLISM

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Let us begin with allegory, shall we? Ah, allegory, the master of disguise in the literary world. It's like that friend who always speaks in riddles, leaving you scratching your head in confusion. Allegory takes ordinary characters, objects, or events and transforms them into symbols representing deeper truths or moral lessons. It's like a game of literary hide-and-seek, where the real meaning is hidden beneath layers of symbolism.

Take, for example, George Orwell's Animal Farm, a clever allegory disguised as a tale of talking farm animals. But look closer, and you'll see that each character represents a real-life figure or political ideology. It's like a barnyard version of Game of Thrones, complete with power struggles and betrayals, all wrapped up in a cozy allegorical blanket.

Now, symbolism is like the icing on the cake of literature, adding layers of meaning and depth to every word on the page. It's like a treasure hunt for hidden messages, where every symbol holds a key to unlocking the author's intentions.

Think of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, where the marlin represents the struggle for meaning and purpose in life, and the sea symbolizes the vastness of human experience. It's like a deep-sea dive into the subconscious mind of the author, where every fish and wave holds a secret to be uncovered.

The landscape of Antoine de St-Expory's The Little Prince is jammed with symbolic representations that resonate universal truths and timeless wisdom. The rose, tenderly cared for by the Little Prince, isn't just a rose. It's a representation of vulnerability, love, and the philosophy of beauty.

Each element of The Little Prince, from the baobab trees threatening to overrun the prince's tiny planet to the elusive desert well, and his encounters with the fox speak to a universal human experience of attachment, longing, and the bittersweet beauty of impermanence, enriching the story through visuals, not just words, that invite us to ponder life's mysteries and marvels.

But beware, for allegory and symbolism can be tricky beasts, often leading us down rabbit holes of interpretation and analysis. It's like trying to unravel a French knot without losing your sanity. But fear not, for with patience and perseverance, we can unlock the hidden treasures of literature and emerge victorious, like brave literary explorers charting uncharted territory.

So, my friends, as we bid adieu to our literary adventure for today, let us remember the wise words of the stunning French author Marcel Proust, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

 

À bientôt!

 

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