Comparing Symbols And Symbolism In Blue Hotel, Black Cat, Night, Alfred Prufrock, Red Wheelbarrow

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Color Symbolism in Blue Hotel, Black Cat, Night, Alfred Prufrock, Red Wheelbarrow

 
    Symbolism of colors is evident in much of literature. "The Blue Hotel" by Stephen Crane, "The Black Cat" of Edgar Allan Poe, "Night" by William Blake, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot, and "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams encompass examples of color symbolism from both the prose and the poetry of literature. When drawing from various modes of psychology, interpretations of various colors, with emphasis to dream psychology, an analysis of the colors themselves and then their applications to literature can be readily addressed.

 

"Colour is one of the areas in daily life in which symbolism is most readily apparent." (Fontana 66) The use of color as a source of symbolism is widespread and amidst the most traditional of sources which still possess symbolic qualities. Psychologically, colors derive such impact through relations to the natural world, such as the blue sky or a red rose. Dreams, being a prominent aspect of one's self, are often a theme in poetry, and therefore the representation of colors within dreams should be addressed. Symbolism of colors is also evident in much of literature. "The Blue Hotel" by Stephen Crane, "The Black Cat" of Edgar Allan Poe, "Night" by William Blake, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot, and "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams encompass examples of color symbolism from both the prose and the poetry of literature. When drawing from various modes of psychology, interpretations of various colors, with emphasis to dream psychology, an analysis of the colors themselves and then their applications to literature can be readily addressed.

 

Initially, one should define the colors in terms of their symbolic meanings. Red directly symbolizes the life-force, or blood. Blood is the energy coursing through the body and is related to blushing. Red also represents violent emotional arousal. Red is the color of war, the Roman god Mars, and of the greatest of the Roman gods, Jupiter. Red is the color of masculinity and activity. To the Chinese, red represents good fortune. To the Christian, it denotes Christ's passion. (Fontana 66) Investigating more specifically dream psychology, red may symbolize sexuality, passion, anger, revolution or danger. Red being the color of blood, it is the symbol of life, which consequently is why Hindu and Chinese brides wear red. But, blood may also represent injury or death. (Ackroyd 253)

 

Blue is the color of intellect, peace and contemplation. It represents water and serenity, and symbolizes the sky and infinity. To the Christian, blue is the color of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven, and denotes faith, compassion and the water used in baptism. The ancient Greeks and Romans attributed the color blue to Venus, the goddess of love. (Fontana 66) In reference to dreams, blue represents the collective unconscious....

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