History Main / WorldOfSymbolism

23rd Jan '16 1:41:44 AM crashkey
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* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' makes no sense whatsoever on a literal level, so most interpretations default to this, even if [[MindScrew no one really has any idea what it's supposed to represent in the first place.]] Or, for that matter, anything {{Suda51}} makes.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' makes no sense whatsoever on a literal level, so most interpretations default level. Just to this, even if [[MindScrew no one really has any idea what begin with, there's the fact that the main character physically turns into their split personalities. Think it's supposed to just ThroughTheEyesOfMadness? If said split personalities die, they turn into their own severed head in a paper bag which can then be retrieved by a different personality. Even more obviously metaphorical is the fact that [[spoiler:two of the main characters, who represent in the first place.]] Or, for that matter, anything {{Suda51}} makes.West and the East and their conflicts, are immortal, because of the futility of war]].
23rd Jan '16 1:32:29 AM crashkey
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not an ending trope whatsoever
This is often an '''EndingTrope''', so beware the spoilers!
4th Dec '15 12:27:33 AM Arutema
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* In a lighter example, many of the jokes in ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' rely on the characters as the embodiments of video game companies and concepts.
7th Nov '15 11:02:49 AM KillerClowns
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* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' tells, very symbolically, the story of a very creative young man and the [[AbusiveParents abusive]] [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[OneBadMother mother]] who believes God has ordered her to abuse and eventually sacrifice him.
25th Oct '15 4:55:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePrisoner'' similarly more or less defies a literal explanation, as one early episode after another seems intentionally designed to blow away any rational theory about The Village's nature. The GainaxEnding certainly didn't help matters; it's notable that the 2009 remake resolved the setting by placing it [[spoiler: within a literal world of symbols... i.e. a dream world]]. * Many of the episodes of ''TheTwilightZone'' occur on a purely symbolic level as well, mixed in with more straightforward science fiction and fantasy stories. For instance, in "I am the Night, Color Me Black", why hasn't the Sun risen and why is darkness spreading all over the world? Because [[spoiler:all the hatred in the world has blotted out the light]].
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* ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'' similarly more or less defies a literal explanation, as one early episode after another seems intentionally designed to blow away any rational theory about The Village's nature. The GainaxEnding certainly didn't help matters; it's notable that the 2009 remake resolved the setting by placing it [[spoiler: within a literal world of symbols... i.e. a dream world]]. * Many of the episodes of ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' occur on a purely symbolic level as well, mixed in with more straightforward science fiction and fantasy stories. For instance, in "I am the Night, Color Me Black", why hasn't the Sun risen and why is darkness spreading all over the world? Because [[spoiler:all the hatred in the world has blotted out the light]].
15th Aug '15 3:18:50 PM Llygodenfawr
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* George Orwell's allegorical novel ''AnimalFarm'' also works on this level. What kind of farm has talking animals that take over its operations, and what sort of world would keep doing business with that farm as though nothing happened? A farm that represents the Russian Revolution. How, at the end, did [[spoiler:the pigs turn into people]]? Because it represents [[spoiler:how a revolution's leaders can eventually become no different than the tyrants they overthrew]].
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* George Orwell's allegorical novel ''AnimalFarm'' also works on this level. What kind of farm has talking animals that take over its operations, and what sort of world would keep doing business with that farm as though nothing happened? A farm that represents the Russian Revolution. How, at the end, did [[spoiler:the pigs turn into people]]? Because it represents [[spoiler:how a revolution's leaders can eventually become no different than from the tyrants they overthrew]].
28th Jun '15 4:15:15 PM Llygodenfawr
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These are the stories where the only answer to "why did the main character turn into a hawk and fly into a volcano at the end" is "because the hawk represents his desire for freedom and the volcano is the burden of free will". There is no straightforward, realistic storyline masking the symbolism, there's not even a MagicAIsMagicA sense of logic tying it all together. This is subtext without the text; subtext ''as'' text. The characters are complex self-representing archetypes and the events that unfold make no physical sense whatsoever unless you take the whole thing as an [[{{Postmodern}} semiotic play]] of some kind.
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These are the stories where the only answer to "why did the main character turn into a hawk and fly into a volcano at the end" is "because the hawk represents his desire for freedom and the volcano is the burden of free will". There is no straightforward, realistic storyline masking the symbolism, there's not even a MagicAIsMagicA sense of logic tying it all together. This is subtext without the text; subtext ''as'' text. The characters are complex self-representing archetypes and the events that unfold make no physical sense whatsoever unless you take the whole thing as an a [[{{Postmodern}} semiotic play]] of some kind.
26th Jun '15 4:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', also directed by KunihikoIkuhara, falls into this trope just as much as ''Utena''--possibly even more so. It's hard to tell if some plot elements are metaphorical or literal, especially as the series goes on.
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* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', also directed by KunihikoIkuhara, Creator/KunihikoIkuhara, falls into this trope just as much as ''Utena''--possibly even more so. It's hard to tell if some plot elements are metaphorical or literal, especially as the series goes on.
21st Jun '15 4:28:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Killer7}}'' makes no sense whatsoever on a literal level, so most interpretations default to this, even if [[MindScrew no one really has any idea what it's supposed to represent in the first place.]] Or, for that matter, anything {{Suda51}} makes.
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* ''{{Killer7}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' makes no sense whatsoever on a literal level, so most interpretations default to this, even if [[MindScrew no one really has any idea what it's supposed to represent in the first place.]] Or, for that matter, anything {{Suda51}} makes.
25th May '15 5:45:19 AM StFan
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* ''AngelsEgg'' is basically a visual poem with no real plot or characters; they are all simply symbols taking part in a huge visual metaphor. What it stands for? [[MindScrew Well, it has something to do with Christianity]].
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* ''AngelsEgg'' ''Anime/AngelsEgg'' is basically a visual poem with no real plot or characters; they are all simply symbols taking part in a huge visual metaphor. What it stands for? [[MindScrew Well, it has something to do with Christianity]].
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