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Discussing Symbolism In The "Lesson" By Toni Cade Bambara, And Of Clay Are We Created By Isabel Allende And Hills Like White Elephant By Ernest Hemingway.

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Symbolism is one of the most important literary terms used often by many writers to convey their central idea. According to the Longman Contemporary Dictionary, symbolism can be defined as a device that evokes more than a literal meaning from a person, object, image or word. The author Isabel Allende in his short story, "And of Clay are we created," Toni Cade Bambara in "The lesson" and finally Ernest Hemingway the author of the short story "Hills like White Elephants" adopts the use of symbolism to suggest their main point.The central idea of Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson" was inequalities in the distribution of wealth. The meaning of Mrs. Moore trip with the children to FAO Schwartz is captured in Bambara's use of Symbolism. The children looked fiercely at a number of exclusive toys outside the store. Some of these toys included a sailboat and a paperweight. The children had no idea what the paperweight was. Sylvia said to herself "my eyes tell me it's a chunk of glass cracked with something heavy, and different color inks dripped into the splits, then the whole thin put into a over or something. But for $480 it don't make sense." Even though Mrs. Moore explained to them what the paper weight was, the children still did not understand the use or the price. A paperweight is used to hold something that is of value. Since the children have never had anything valuable, the paper weight can be used to symbolize that their neighborhood (slums) many be holding them down. The children are the people under this paperweight. To these children the cost of the toy is a life's worth of work. The sailboat similarly is used by Bambara to stand for freedom and the journey that lies ahead of the. Manhattan was only a cab ride away. However it was only a temporary chance for these kids to experience the different type of life rich people live. This suggests that if the children wish to experience this life permanently, then they would have to escape the world of poverty. Among the steps which can help them to flee from their situation is education. A person who wishes to sail a boat first have to learn how and that is exactly what Sylvia and the other children are required to do.In "Hills like White Elephants," Hemingway uses the train station as a symbolism to suggest the main idea, thus the major conflict between the characters. The train station represents the choice on whether or not to have the abortion. There is also a set of tracks on either side of the station, each representing one of the choices.On one side of the station, green landscape full of grain fields and trees was present. There also was a river that run in the foreground of some tall mountains. This area of the station, embody the choice of going through with the abortion. Presently they are able to travel around the world, partying, drinking, staying in hotels and seeing all the beautiful places. They are not burdened with any responsibilities in their life. With an abortion,...

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