Theme Of Symbolism In A Rose And Miss Brill

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Symbolism “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, “A&P” by John Updike, and “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield all display symbolism. Authors often use symbolism to add depth and communicate a deeper idea because they want their readers to think about what the symbol presented represents. Symbols are used when representing things such as objects and even people, having an abundance of meanings, the symbol can be clear and easy to understand while sometimes it may have to be explained. In addition, in all three stories the authors give examples and comparisons of symbolism between the objects and the characters. The girls represent a symbolic change for Sammy, the fur represents Miss Brill’s emotional state, and the rose represents …show more content…
The author gives readers Sammy’s point of view on the girl 's appearance, he sees the girls as being naked. For example, he states “it 's one thing to have a girl in a bathing suit on the beach, and another thing in the cool of A&P under the fluorescent lights, against all those stacked packages, with her feet paddling along naked over our checkerboard fool” (Updike 132). Agreeing with the article, “Sammy’s Erotic Experience: Subjectivity and Sexual Difference in John Updike’s “A&P” which was composed by Greg W. Bentley. Bentley received his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, and he also earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis. He states in his article that “Sammy is clearly captured by his sexuality” (Bentley 1) as he watches the three young women walking through the grocery store. Sammy didn 't expect to see three beautiful girls enter the grocery store underdress but he liked the view. While Sammy thinks there is nothing wrong with their attire, his manager’s opinion is different when he mentions to the girls “this isn 't the beach” (Updike 133). As a young man, he is attracted to the girls, and their sexual provocativeness. In addition, there was there is no problem to stand up for something they may believe in, but making sure the right decision is made before proceeding to do so. As for Sammy he resigns his job trying to stand up for the girl but in the end the girls went about their business and he was standing outside of the grocery store lacking of a job. Harriett Blodgett is a professor in the English department at California State University. She argues how Sammy stand up for the girls calling him a “distressed damsel’s proverbial knight in shining armor” (Blodgett 2). Blodgett does a wonderful job at

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