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					Symbolism in Short
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 Tom Kennerley 13ENG EV
                 Symbol

• “…a symbol is something that stands for
  or suggests something else by reason of
  association…”
          » Oxford Dictionary
               Miss Brill
•   Katherine Mansfield
•   Symbol  The Bench
•   Isolated from society
•   Observer, not participant
•   Sidelined by everyone around her
• “Why does she come here at all - who wants
  her?”
Requiem in a Town House
• Owen Marshall
• Symbol  The Couch
• Neglected by society
• Too big to fit in the confines of his
  new enclosure
• Displaced, ‘not at home’
• “You silly, mutton headed old fool”
         Mr Van Gogh
•   Owen Marshall
•   Symbol  The House
•   Judged by appearances
•   A non-conformist shunned
•   Inner beauty lost
• “ Mr Van Gogh would’ve been alright if
  his obsession had been with politics or
  horse-racing”
       Marginalisation
• Marshall and Mansfield  main
  message – marginalisation
• Should treat people fairly
• Everyone is an individual and
  deserves their own level of respect
• Minorities are a part of society too
• Despite their differences, everyone
  should be treated as equals

				
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