Essay/Term paper: Symbolism in "strange news from another star"
Essay, term paper, research paper: English Papers
"Strange News from another Star" is found to be a story which contains
numerous symbols which in many cases contain some important, abstract
information. Symbolism is something which is very difficult to explain
due to the fact that not everyone sees the so mentioned symbol. They
don"t quite see it as you, because no two minds are the same, which
implies the fact that they don"t react equally to something which must
be internally interpreted as it is not present as mere information. On
this essay I will try to back up with concise words, why I believe that
something is representing something abstract, as well as with
information from the author.
One of the first symbols that we may find, is actually the star. A
star is known as a gaseous sphere, which with nuclear fusion and fission
may actually give out huge amounts of energy. Obviously a star is a
inhospitable place, so I believe that the star actually represents a
planet or a country.
The flowers, which have a very important part in the plot of the book
are a symbol as well. They, have always, as least as far as I know, had
a special message. A message of love, tranquillity, joy and they
represent the harmony of nature itself. In the first stage of the book,
we may see how a problem, the earthquake, has made the people in the
star loose a vast amount of flowers. They lost some of the tranquillity
and joy that had invaded their lives. And when they look for a messenger
to go find flowers, they"re talking about re-finding the tranquillity
and lack of fear that they wanted.
I believe that the burials, actually represent life. It may sound a bit
peculiar, but in real life once you get accustomed to living a happy,
joyful life, you then will not be able to live without it and so, you
will need to do practically anything, as the people in the star did, to
find the "flowers".
The symbol of the deity that the youth saw in the temple, I understand
that by the way in which the story progresses the symbol is actually
representing the fact that war, or trouble (the bird of prey) destroys
all happiness or good hearted feelings. I think that the representation
is what I mentioned above, because when the messenger "goes" to the
foreign star he sees destruction and a total lack of joy.
We may find another symbol which goes from pages 55-59. It"s the
conversation that the youth holds with the king who"s nation is in war.
It"s apparently a symbol because even-though it has important, concrete
information for the story, there"s more to the phrases themselves. They
can be abstracted and that"s when I see that the conversation is
actually trying to explain the way in which the humanity is being
erratic by trying to find happiness. To achieve happiness, you must
first get rid of sadness, poverty, trouble, etc (war is the symbol used
to represent all of them). It may not be found just by ignoring the
others. In the king"s star they weren"t happy because all of the nouns
mentioned above were present. A proof of that may be the fact that when
trouble, the earthquake, arouse in the province of the youth then they
lost the peace and tranquillity, represented by the flowers that they
And ultimately I will mention the symbol which the black bird
represents, it"s what I believe is the image of the harshness, horror
and terror of war. Which may reach such levels of futility that it may
apparently only be seen as a dream, or even more correct, would be to
say that it"s like a nightmare.
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