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Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

-Find Harry Potter on Amazon The Symbolism of Harry Potter, the Bible, and Mythology Myths are either alive or dead. Western culture lost its ability to create myth, especially myth connected to sacred words and sacred space upon the arrival of the Enlightenment.  However, centuries of cultural memories of sacred space and sacred words are alive and thriving in modern Western culture. Images of the sacred can be found throughout modern literature and modern films. J.k. Rowling’s the Harry Potter series has sold millions of copies in multiple languages and The Harry Potter movies have made billions of dollars at box offices worldwide. In the film Harry Potter and the […]

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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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Happy Medium from “A Wrinkle in Time”

Happy Medium from “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon The Happy Medium as a Symbol While it’s ultimately a relatively simple story about the battle between good and evil, there is still a lot of symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time. Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel is loaded with fascinating, yet easy-to-understand symbols, and A Wrinkle in Time is enjoyed by children and adults alike as a result. Of all the supporting characters in A Wrinkle in Time, the Happy Medium is found by many to be one of the most enjoyable. Not only is she every bit as important to the story as the Wrinkle in Time’s tesseract, but she […]

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Walking Distance-Twilight Zone 1×05

Walking Distance-Twilight Zone 1×05

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon Walking Distance (1×05) “Walking Distance” of The Twilight Zone is entirely about nostalgia, and the protagonist, Martin Sloan, is symbolic for it. Martin is a stressed business man who happens to come upon a drugstore in his hometown. When he enters this drugstore, he is overwhelmed by the sense of nostalgia he gets from it. The drugstore, for him, is a symbol of the good times he had as a child, noted by how much he discusses with the owner the memories of being in the drug store when he was young. He speaks fondly about how everything is the same, which is […]

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Time Enough at Last-Twilight Zone 1×08

Time Enough at Last-Twilight Zone 1×08

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon  “Time Enough at Last” Symbolism (Twilight Zone) “Time Enough at Last” is a Twilight Zone episode that is about the dangers of obsession. Henry Bemis, the nerdy glasses-wearing protagonist, loves to read. Books end up being a symbol for obsession, as everything in the story revolves around them. Henry Bemis is always talking about books at his job to customers, even if they don’t care, and goes so far as to read and ignore customers to continue reading. He even sneaks away during work to read. This symbol of his obsession becomes even more apparent when his boss scolds him for reading like […]

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Monsters Are Due on Maple Street-Twilight Zone (1×22)

Monsters Are Due on Maple Street-Twilight Zone (1×22)

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1×22) “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is a Twilight Zone episode about paranoia. The town of Maple Street is a symbol for the United States. The monsters that everyone is looking for are symbols for communists. To understand the symbolism in this story, it is necessary to understand that this episode was created with McCarthyism in mind. McCarthyism was the hunt for communists who were hiding in America during World War II. This paranoia caused by McCarthyism caused Americans to turn on each other in an effort to find and arrest communist spies, and […]

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Hitch-Hiker-Twilight Zone 1×16

Hitch-Hiker-Twilight Zone 1×16

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon The Hitch-Hiker Meanings and Interpretations “The Hitch-Hiker” is a story about the fear of death. Throughout this entire Twilight Zone episode, Nan Adams is seen running away from a mysterious man hitchhiking. This hitchhiker is the symbol for death and he continues to follow Nan Adams through the episode as she tries to flee from him. During the opening narration of the episode, Rod Serling mentions that Nan had an accident on the road, but it is never really elaborated on. Nan first sees this hitchhiker after this accident, and the hitchhiker relentlessly follows her. When talking about the hitchhiker at the beginning […]

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Rafts in Lost

Rafts in Lost

Throughout the first season of Lost, Michael tries to build a raft to get everyone off the island. Despite rafts being used to travel, the raft in Lost symbolizes no escape. Michael spent much of his time with a few others building the raft. When it was nearing completion, it was set on fire by his son, Walt, because he didn’t want to leave the island. This is just the first of many times that the raft has impeded the survivors from leaving the island. Michael built another raft with more help from the survivors and seemed to make great progress on it. While they were going on time to […]

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I Shot an Arrow into the Air-Twilight Zone (1×15)

I Shot an Arrow into the Air-Twilight Zone (1×15)

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1×15) “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” is a Twilight Zone story about desperation and survival. A space ship launched and disappeared from communications, prompting the survivors of the crash to assume they landed on an asteroid. One of the survivors and the protagonist of this episode is Colonel Donlin, the symbol for humanity because he cares for the survivors.  Officer Corey is a crew member who wants to survive by any means. He symbolizes desperation. While Donlin wants to try and save the remaining survivors, Corey butts heads with him because of his selfish […]

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Heroin in Lost

Heroin in Lost

What Does Heroin Symbolize in Lost? Each time that heroin is seen in Lost it symbolizes addiction. This is seen primarily with the character of Charlie Pace, because he is shamelessly addicted to heroin at the start of the series. Before he crashed on the island, Charlie was a rock star who blew much of his money on heroin. Before Charlie got addicted, his brother Liam was addicted during the time that their band was popular. They soon lost popularity because Liam was becoming sloppier, showing the destruction of addiction.  Eventually, Charlie got so upset at his brother for destroying their band he took the heroin for himself and eventually became […]

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