Essay about Pan's Labyrinth
Her first tasks it to retrieve a key from a huge frog that is sucking the life out of an ancient fig tree. Fig trees over thousands of years were considered sacred. A fig tree is the symbol of life and enlightenment. The tree itself looks somewhat like a uterus and when Ofelia enters she finds it is soft and moist bringing back to the idea of the womb and the giving of life. The frog stands for rebirth renewal and transition. Del Toro chose the frog and the fig tree for their emphasis on the giving of life. In contrast the frog and fig tree symbolize the authorities sucking the life out of the Spanish people during the time of fascism.
Ofelias second task is to retrieve a dagger from the pale man without succumbing to the temptation of food while there. Ofelia sees the pale man is sitting in front of a huge feast but she also see stacks of children’s shoes and depictions of the pale man eating them. Children symbolise memories, a happier time where we were too young to really understand what is happening and how simple thing used to seem. The pale man represents the fascist government and by eating children the pale man or the government are sucking all hope and happiness from our memories. Once retrieving the dagger ofelia cannot help herself and eats a grape therefore succumbing to materialist