Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Ã¯Â»Â¿Symbolism In English literatureÃ¢â¬Ã¢â¬ÅGravityÃ¢â¬Â Essay
Symbolism is a good tool to use when we come across difficult abstract concepts such as livelihood and death.For example, in her article entitled Gravity, David Leavitt tells us a story about how a mom named Sylvia encourages her HIV infected son Theo to start longer. When Theo started to have bad eye sight in his childhood Sylvia scarcely let him wear her flamboyant glasses despite that people around them any think that Theo looks strange. After Theo grew up, between a drug that could sustain his life and a drug that could save his sight, Theo chose the second one. Sylvia worried that Theo would give up the apply for living, so she tried to encourage Theo to live by a strange way which similar to the way she help him with his sight when he was a child. She threw a very heavy crystal whorl to Theo when they were shopping in a gift store. Theo caught the bowlful without thinking. Theo realized that by throwing the bowl, on one side, Sylvia tended to prove that he is still alive . On the other side, Sylvia cherished to encourage him to live longer. The crystal bowl in the story represents exactly what Theo was going through. It symbolizes both life and death. It represents life because it was heavy and valuable (The crystal bowl is) Four hundred and twenty- five dollars (l. 88) This shows that the crystal bowl is very valuable just like that humans life is very precious. In the same time, crystal bowl represent death because it could easily been shattered.Theo was surprised that he actually did not shatter the bowl Theo looked at the floor, still surprised not to see shards of glass around his feet. (l. 96-97) If the crystal bowl were broken, it would have not value or meaning just like it has lost its life. So, the Crystal bowl in the story represents death. If the bowl shattered, it just like a person lost his/her life. The crystal bowl besides represents the character and hopes of Sylvia. The crystal in the story is very showing and pricy. (The crystal bowl is) a large ridges crystal bowl, a very fifties change of bowl, stalwart and square-jawed. (l. 84-86) It represents Sylvias flamboyant and materialism characters. The fountain tells us that Sylvia has a flamboyant character by describing Sylvias bold and flashy glasses harlequins with particular rhinestones in the corners(l. 9) The author in any case implies that Sylvia is quite materialism by showing us that she care a lot about the price of a commencement ceremony gift her sister given to her sonDont you remember that cheap little nothing Bibi gave you for your graduation? It was disgusting.(l.50-51) On the other hand, the crystal bowl represents the strength of Sylvias hope for Theo to live because the crystal bowl is heavy Thats heavy, Sylvia said, observing with satisfaction how the bowl had weighted Theos arms go through(l.93-94) The heavier the stronger, so the heaviness of the crystal bowl represent the strong will and hope of Sylvia.The author shows us that Sylv ia is a strong willed woman who has done exceedingly stressful things in a role The DHPG injections she (Sylvia) took in strideshes seen her own mother through her dying, afterward all, Four times a day, with the equanimity of a nurse, she cleaned out the plastic tube implanted in his chest, inserted a sterilized hypodermic a Sylvia and slowly dripped bag of sight-giving liquid into his vein (l.17-20) It shows that Sylvia has fantastic strength just like the toughness the crystal bowl appeared to be. The author also shows us that Sylvias hope for Theo to live is very strong. Even though Sylvia was stressed out Yet she (Sylvia) had also, at about three oclock one morning, woken him up to tell him she was going to the twenty-four- hour supermarket, and was there anything her wanted(1. 122-124) This shows that Sylvia was on the edge of mental broken-down. But Sylvia still keeps strong hope for Theo to live it had occurred to him (Theo) that she (Sylvia) was trusting his two feeble hands, out of the whole world, to keep it from shattering. This shows that after all, Sylvia strongly hoped that, showing Theo that he was still strong by throwing the crystal bowl and letting him catch it, Theo would not continue on giving up his life save choose to live longer.The crystal also symbolized the general message which the author is trying to convey to the readers life should be fully lived. The author shows that Theo was dying and tended to giving up his life. He felt wide and unswimmable the gulf was becoming between him and the evereceding shoreline of the will (l. 35-36) Even though he felt that way, he still caught the heavy crystal bowl without thinking. It shows the underlining deep and significant meaning of the story There are certain things youve already done before you hitherto think how to do them the bowl, which Theo was holding before he could even begin to calculate its brief trajectory (l.131-133) This shows us that all human have an understanding fo r living.By showing us this, the story conveys a message to the readers that even though life isviolable like the fragile crystal bowl it doesnt mean that we should give up. Instead, we should look at the positive side of life. Just like the crystal bowl also heavy and strong side, human lives also have a strong side because very one have instinct for living. Therefore, we should have faith to ourselves and stop complaining our own misery but start to look at life in a positive way, and realize that our lives should be fully lived.