History Main / RuleofSymbolism

7th Feb '16 5:51:16 AM Freshmeat
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* ThomasPynchon's MagnumOpus ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' is so rife with symbolism integrated magnificently into the story (even much of the {{squick}} is symbolic!) that there's plenty of symbolism to be seen ''even when it might not be there at all''!
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* ThomasPynchon's MagnumOpus ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' is so rife with symbolism integrated magnificently into the story (even much of the {{squick}} is symbolic!) that there's plenty of symbolism to be seen ''even when it might not be there at all''!
27th Jan '16 11:56:43 PM intastiel
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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.
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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' a ''Literature/SecretHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.
27th Jan '16 11:55:50 PM intastiel
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* Invoked in an ''Literature/AncientHistories'' novel when an ordinary butterfly is on auction for a staggering sum because it was captured under ''just'' the right circumstances to make it a perfect symbol of chaos theory, potentially giving its owner power over the very concept of ForWantOfANail... and then the field [[TimeStandsStill suspending it in time]] is broken, and an ordinary butterfly carries on its way.
23rd Jan '16 9:45:43 AM nombretomado
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* During a flashback to his college years, Stuttering Bill Denbrough, one of the heroes of StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' lampshades this trope by asking the professor (and students) in his creative writing class, "Why does everything have to have hidden meaning? Can't you guys just let a story be a story?" When the Professor sarcastically asked the exasperated Denbrough if he thought people like Shakespeare and Hemmingway were "just writing stories", Denbrough replies, "Yeah, pretty much." The professor suggests Denbrough "has a lot to learn".
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* During a flashback to his college years, Stuttering Bill Denbrough, one of the heroes of StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' lampshades this trope by asking the professor (and students) in his creative writing class, "Why does everything have to have hidden meaning? Can't you guys just let a story be a story?" When the Professor sarcastically asked the exasperated Denbrough if he thought people like Shakespeare and Hemmingway were "just writing stories", Denbrough replies, "Yeah, pretty much." The professor suggests Denbrough "has a lot to learn".
19th Jan '16 1:52:55 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': In-universe. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-07-07 A new human embassy]] has gardens with sands, pebbles, and polymer chips from every single human world, moon, or habitat. -->'''Commodore Tagon:''' That seems like a lot of work for a little symbolism.\\ '''General Bala-Amin:''' It all arrived in the same crate. There's an entire industry built around these embassy franchise kits.
18th Jan '16 5:57:07 AM HeraldAlberich
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** The planet-destroying space station known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Star]] is often criticised for the ridiculous idea that such a powerful weapon would have the obvious weak point of an exhaust port that goes all the way down to the main reactor - anyone could drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing to pieces. However, the Empire's FatalFlaw is Pride, and the whole series is based on DavidVsGoliath: it makes plot-sense that the big, powerful terrifying superweapon could be destroyed by tiny one-man fighters, and that most of the Empire would be arrogant enough to think they were indestructible.
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** The planet-destroying space station known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Star]] is often criticised for the ridiculous idea that such a powerful weapon would have the obvious weak point of an exhaust port that goes all the way down to the main reactor - anyone reactor--anyone could drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing to pieces. However, the Empire's FatalFlaw is Pride, and the whole series is based on DavidVsGoliath: it makes plot-sense that the big, powerful terrifying superweapon could be destroyed by tiny one-man fighters, and that most of the Empire would be arrogant enough to think they were indestructible.

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** The planet-destroying space station known as * In the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Star]] novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', after he begins his seduction of Anakin in earnest, Darth Sidious is often criticised for treated more like a walking shadow than a living being. Likewise, during their duel Yoda is portrayed as an "avatar of light" set against the ridiculous idea shadow—until he realizes that such a powerful weapon would have the obvious weak point he is incapable of an exhaust port that goes all the way down to the main reactor - anyone could drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing to pieces. However, the Empire's FatalFlaw is Pride, and the whole series is based on DavidVsGoliath: it makes plot-sense that the big, powerful terrifying superweapon could be destroyed by tiny one-man fighters, and that most of the Empire would be arrogant enough to think they were indestructible.winning.
10th Jan '16 2:38:52 PM Minni128
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[[folder: Art]] *Artwork in general tends to employ this, depending on what the artist wants to depict. * ''Vanitas'' paintings, about the transitory nature of life, are usually still lives of the most incongruous objects, all chosen to reflect some aspect of it. *Frida Kahlo's paintings tend to involve a lot a symbolism, especially the ones when herself and her feelings in them (i.e ''Las Dos Fridas'' being an example, symbolizing her feelings during a divorce from her husband Diego Rivera [[https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/art-between-wars/latin-american-modernism1/a/kahlo-the-two-fridas-las-dos-fridas]]). [[/folder]]

[[folder:Painting]] * ''Vanitas'' paintings, about the transitory nature of life, are usually still lives of the most incongruous objects, all chosen to reflect some aspect of it. [[/folder]]
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[[folder:Painting]] * ''Vanitas'' paintings, about the transitory nature of life, are usually still lives of the most incongruous objects, all chosen to reflect some aspect of it. [[/folder]]
10th Dec '15 9:08:22 AM siberia82
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-->"At the end of the movie, [Magneto] flies away without his helmet, with the implication that he'll go off and continue to be Magneto in some form, but not be able to hide it from Charles, who'll be able to read his mind and track him. There's a truce of some kind between Charles and Magneto, but there's a part of Magneto that will always be the Magneto we know from the comics."
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-->"At --->"At the end of the movie, [Magneto] flies away without his helmet, with the implication that he'll go off and continue to be Magneto in some form, but not be able to hide it from Charles, who'll be able to read his mind and track him. There's a truce of some kind between Charles and Magneto, but there's a part of Magneto that will always be the Magneto we know from the comics."

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-->"At * ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'': Victor dresses with a bit more flair than the end of other men (even in the movie, [Magneto] flies away without case of Finnegan's dandyism, Victor's outfits are still more vivid colour-wise, plus the patterns on his helmet, vests are more elaborate and eye-catching). It represents him feeling out of place with the implication that he'll go off rest of society and continue wanting to be Magneto in some form, but not be able to hide it from Charles, who'll be able to read challenge its oppressive rules. Moreover, Victor wears his mind and track him. There's a truce of some kind between Charles and Magneto, but there's a part of Magneto that will always be emotions on his sleeves, so he doesn't adhere to the Magneto we know from the comics."StiffUpperLip norms of British culture--his choice of clothing is as "expressive" as he is.
1st Dec '15 5:47:50 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss, once she decides to rebel, invokes this trope, turning her every action into a symbol meant to add fuel to the rebellion.
27th Nov '15 5:46:11 PM nombretomado
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* The weird... meteor... giant "A"... THING that appears in the sky about midway through ''TheScarletLetter''.
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* The weird... meteor... giant "A"... THING that appears in the sky about midway through ''TheScarletLetter''.''Literature/TheScarletLetter''.
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