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Symbolism In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi And Guy De Maupassant’s The Necklace

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One important element in a writing is symbolism. It can be shown in many different ways, but what exactly is it? Symbolism directs meaningful equation between a specific object, scene, character, or action and ideas, values, people, and the ways of life. In Life of Pi by Yann Martel, many symbols are used, the lifeboat, the tiger, the name of the tiger, and Pi himself. Each of those symbols are more than just a name or an object, they all have multiple meanings behind them. In “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, symbols are also used to tell the story and give the story great significance. The necklace symbolizes more than just a piece of jewelry. It might be beautiful, but it was worthless ...view middle of the document...

” The relationship between Richard and Pi became stronger over time on the lifeboat. The lifeboat showed how important one object could be to someone’s life and how it could make a person have to take a risk and train a tiger.
During the short story “The Necklace,” the readers are suppose to gather by the end, that telling the truth always works out for the best. The necklace symbolized something expensive used to make a women look rich for a party and when the necklace was lost, the story began to unfold. The woman borrowed the necklace from a friend to fit in at the party. She enjoyed herself while she was at the party because the woman felt like she was suppose to be there, she finally fit in with the rich people. “She danced joyfully, passionately, intoxicated with pleasure, thinking of nothing but the moment, in the triumph of her beauty, in the glory of her success, on cloud nine with happiness made up of all the admiration, of all the aroused desire, of this victory so complete and so sweet to the heart of any women (7).” The woman was happy. Once she realized the necklace was missing, sheer panic set in, “She stayed in her evening dress, without the energy to get ready for bed, stretched out in a chair, drained of strength and thought (8).” From that moment on it was important to try and make enough money to replace that necklace. In all reality the necklace was fake and actually fairly cheap. By the time this was found out, the woman and her husband had already bought the necklace, had years worth of debt to pay for, spent 10 years working it off and lied about it the entire time. The necklace was important to the story because the story was written around the necklace. The plot line, the outcome, and the lesson of the story all came back to what that necklace represented and what it meant.
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