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Dream by Marc Chagall

Dream by Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian painter known as a colorist for his effervescent use of the palate, specifically his love of monochromatic blues. Henry Miller named him “poet with the wings of a painter.”  His world renowned reputation is unlike that of any other.  Perhaps it was his versatility and bewilderment of life in and of itself that makes him so universally revered.   The Dream, created in 1978 was part of his private collection.  This is not unusual for Chagall who was notoriously private, and often even denied he was a painter. The title itself, The Dream is a clue as to where this painting may have been inspired from.  […]

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Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

-Learn How to Read Music! What Do Cain and Abel Symbolize in the Old Testament? The narrative of Cain and Abel, found in chapter four of the Book of Genesis, was symbolic of the entrance of violence into society. Cain murdered his brother Abel because Abel’s sacrifice to God was acceptable to God and Cain’s was not. It is important to note that the sacrifices were symbolic of the brothers. Abel was the second-born and gave God the “firstlings of his flock.” Cain was the first-born child and he did not give God the first fruits of his harvest. As the first-born son Cain’s offering should have been acceptable because […]

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Mrs. Who in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

Mrs. Who in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Meg Murray as a Symbol While there’s an awful lot of symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel, none of it is particularly dense or tough to understand. Indeed, L’Engle uses a lot of symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, but she keeps them universal and easy to grasp. As such, her novel has enjoyed a wide audience and continues to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. At the center of the novel are three “celestial beings,” each tasked with helping the Murray children on their epic journey. In A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Who is […]

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Mrs Which in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

Mrs Which in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Mrs Which as a Symbol As perhaps the oldest character in A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Which winds up being one of the most important symbols in Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel. True Wisdom Is Tough to Pin Down Much of the symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time helps to illustrate the idea that true enlightenment involves a lot more than the things we’re capable of understanding here on Earth. As one of the most important characters in A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Which helps to drive this idea home by being the toughest one to pin down. Right off the bat […]

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Mrs Whatsit from “A Wrinkle in Time”

Mrs Whatsit from “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Mrs Whatsit as a Symbol Of the three “witch” characters in A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel, Mrs Whatsit is easily the most forward-facing. In A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Whatsit is an enlightener, and a deliverer of information. As she and her cohorts whisk the Murray children through the universe on their extraordinary adventure, Mrs Whatsit is typically there to make sure everybody knows what’s going on, while lending a bit of comic relief along the way. Mrs Whatsit, Bringer of Knowledge One of the most important symbols in A Wrinkle in Time is knowledge itself. Many times […]

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Meg Murray as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

Meg Murray as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Meg Murray as a Symbol Madeline L’engle’s quintessential science-fiction fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time isn’t what one would call an allegory in the strictest sense. Still, there are many symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, both philosophical and metaphysical, which is what makes it such a special book. Meg as the Angst of Adolescence The novel’s protagonist, Margaret Murray, is a fourteen-year-old high school student. She’s overly concerned about her looks, incessantly self-critical, and has a ton of angst about her inability to fit in with the other kids at school. If that sounds familiar it’s because Margaret Murray is a symbolic […]

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Charles Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time

Charles Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Charles Wallace as a Symbol In the novel A Wrinkle in Time, Charles Wallace is both one of the main characters and one of the novel’s most important symbols. Of course, there is a ton of symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time, but we can find much of it wrapped up in the meanings behind the super-intelligent, psychic five-year-old boy that accompanies his sister and their friend on an epic journey. The Power of the Innocence of Youth! Many of the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time serve to help us understand that there’s a lot more to the universe than that which […]

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Camazotz from “A Wrinkle in Time”

Camazotz from “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Camazotz as a Symbol Many of the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel, have to deal with issues like conformity. However, out of all the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, Camazotz is the one that most directly represents Meg’s insecurities and desires for conformity. The Difference Between Appearances and Reality On Camazotz, everything looks pretty perfect. Of course, by the end of the novel, we know that it’s not. Camazotz helps to illustrate the symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time by basically being an analogue for Communism. Despite being under the control of a single leader […]

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Aunt Beast as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

Aunt Beast as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Aunt Beast as a Symbol Many of the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time use puns and other types of wordplay to help illustrate their significance and add layers of meaning. In A Wrinkle in Time, Aunt Beast makes use of this device to illustrate some of the book’s main symbolism. A Wrinkle in Time is heavily interested in discussing the difference between reality and the way reality appears, and Aunt Beast is one of the best examples of this theme in action. The Gentle Giants When we first meet Aunt Beast in A Wrinkle in Time, she and her kind frighten Meg, […]

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Black Thing from “A Wrinkle in Time”

Black Thing from “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Of all the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, the Black Thing is perhaps the easiest to decipher. It’s evil! That’s it. Pure, out-and-out, Darth Vader-spawning evil. Many of the important symbols in A Wrinkle in Time are understood to represent various aspects of the human condition. The Black Thing is Wrinkle in Time’s chief antagonist, however, and simply represents the capacity for people to do evil things. A Battle that Spans the Universe In A Wrinkle in Time, the tesseract must be used by the characters before they can even reach a planet that lets them adequately see the Black Thing. A […]

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