Symbolism In The Green Mile And Animal Farm

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Symbolism is a literary device the author uses where an object, animal, color, or situation has another meaning apart from its literal meaning. In literature, symbolism is used to engage readers and add depth to writing. For the two books The Green Mile by Stephen King and Animal Farm by George Orwell, symbolism plays a huge role. Understanding symbolism and how both Authors use symbolism in The Green Mile and Animal Farm, will help the reader better understand the meaning of the books. One of the biggest symbolisms in The Green Mile is the character of John Coffey. John Coffey can be seen as a religious symbol, and that symbol is Jesus Christ. To be blatant with the symbolism, Stephen King goes so far as to make John Coffey and Jesus …show more content…
The entirety of the book, Animal Farm, is a symbol. Animal Farm is a representation of society and how it is run. On a simpler level, Orwell uses the windmill as a symbol of the animal’s new found independence and capability to survive without the humans, and also as an example of the pigs’ massive amount of power and their ability to manipulate the other animals. The stress for equality by Snowball and Napoleon is stressed in the book, however, it quickly because apparent that there is no equality among the pigs and the rest of the animals. While building the windmill, the pigs never did anything to contribute to the building of the windmill. Manipulation is important for the pigs to keep control over the other animals and it is very apparent with the building of the windmill. While the other animals are starving, the pigs are in want of nothing. The fact that the other animals allow the pigs to hold control over them, gives the reader a better understanding of what kind of society is being represented in Animal Farm, and the injustice that the other animals have to …show more content…
On the outside of the barn, it has the Seven Commandments written on them. The Seven Commandments are the laws that the pigs came up with that all the animals must fallow. After the rebellion, the barn turns into a symbol of the government. To begin with, the barn is open to all animals. Slowly, though, the pigs begin to take over and move themselves in. The pigs being using the barn as a place to meet and trade with humans, and even though the commandments are written on the outside of the barn, the pigs begin to change and manipulate them for their own gain. For both Stephen King and George Orwell, symbolism is a device they use to help create a deeper meaning to the stories. As seen in Animal Farm, symbolism can be used as a way of helping the reader understand manipulation; or as a way for a character to be viewed in a different way, as in The Green Mile. Without the understanding of symbolisms and how they are used, the reader would have a difficult time understanding what the author would be trying to portray to the reader and why it is important to the

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