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In a scene where Wonder Woman sees a dragon like beast with 10 horns, she says the following:
I've noticed some misuse, so I'm in the process of a wicks check.
Is there any reason the entry for The Fantasticks (under Theater) has (faux) symbolism from the Halo franchise? Because I'm pretty sure there was nothing about an Ark, Forerunners, Covenant, or Flood in the play.
Would this addendum to Real life be proper or not? Can you explain why it is false symbolism? Maybe shortened, if so how?
Common conspiracy theories surrounding the Vatican often cite the upside down cross near the Pope in pictures as a symbol of the devil wherein reality it is a symbol of St. Peter a prominent Catholic saint.
Does the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Choir Boys" qualify?
It has Squidward tying Spongebob to a tree shaped suspiciously shaped like a cross, and then driving away. Spongebob sings in a beautiful voice, and then some jellyfish come over, lift him up, and carry him over to the building Squidward is going to, which looks like a church. The jellyfish carry Spongebob in, and Spongebob sings in a beautiful voice and impresses the choir in the building.
It has two large branches, but does not look like a cross. And the jellyfish thing isn't symbolic of anything, unless you've been reading a weird translation of the new testament.* I wanna read it!
I figured the building was a church. Can't tell if that's more symbolic or less.
Nah, I'd say it's an example.
I'm confused. How do we determine whats fake and whats real symbolism. i've seen several examples on here that actually seemed symbolic to me.
I agree with you that there needs to be a better way of defining Faux Symbolism. I also believe there should be two sub-categories of this trope: Type One should be when an author plays this trope unintentionally (e.g. Benjamin banging on the stained glass wall of the church in The Graduate and also the "Sodom and Gomorrah" incidence in One Piece) Type two should be Faux Symbolism that is done by an author well aware that it is not meaningful within the context of the story and does so solely out of Ruleof Cool (NGE references to Jewish and Christian folklore and legends, Death Note's references to various renaissance artworks).
I agree with making the subcategories.
Go for it.
Removed this one:
That's mistaking something for symbolism, but it's not this trope. If, say, Doof's rap contained random religious imagery that vaguely painted Perry as the Judas to Doof's Jesus, that would be Faux Symbolism.
What do you think it would be?
Chopped from the article. Not only is it natter-filled, but I can't find any sources that say any of the pointed out symbolism was actually intended by the game makers. If anything, what the original example-giver was pointing out was more an example of Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory than anything.
If someone can find a way to collapse it and make it more relevant to the article, feel free but at the moment I say this particular example stays off.
Some of the symbolism pointed out is unsourced, but the Christian imagery is definitely intentional. All you have to do is look at the following official artwork of Link praying in front of a crucifix to confirm it:
And there's also the fact that the Book of Magic was called "Bible" in Japan. In addition, in the Japanese version of ALTTP, Agahnim claimed to be a priest sent by God (as opposed to a wizard), and the Sanctuary was a church.
So yeah. Despite what that last paragraph of the removed entry claimed, the Christian symbolism wasn't limited to crosses, and was definitely intentional. So I'll re-add the part about Christianity, after rewriting it. I think we should also add the Islamic symbolism in Ocarina of Time.
Edit: Done. I kept the blatant Christian imagery, added the Islamic symbolism, and excluded the arguable "examples", namely the comparisons of the game plots with the events in the Bible. Hopefully there are no issues now.
"This... is particularly popular in Anime, because the Japanese generally only have a passing familiarity with Christianity,..."
I don't think it's just the Christianity. The end of Beserk wasn't overtly Christian, but it was absolutely crazy. The symbolism in FLCL might connect to some coherent analysis, just like people have filled books on analysis of Joyce... but it's at least a bit opaque.
Kyoko Mori taught writing in both Japan and the US. In "Polite Lies" she argues that while US students tend to have more technical problems, her Japanese students struggle more with coherent symbolism. She suggests it might be a consequence of recent cultural history... Japanese culture was pretty harshly severed from past values in WWII, and with the mix of modernity rapidly changing life there, there's not an easy well of universal symbolism and cultural identity to draw from that feels immediately relevant to everyone. Eh, just a theory. But "Polite Lies" is an interesting book for anyone who wants another perspective on the gap between western and Japanese cultural identity.
Interesting ideas. Certainly the approaches toward symbolism in Western and Japanese media are very different; I'm not sure if I'd necessarily say that the Japanese don't "get it", though. For example (I'm going to pull out the big one), in Neon Genesis Evangelion, there is a lot of religious and occult symbolism that is clearly the product of extensive research; its usage tends to be baffling to Western audiences since it appropriates symbols from Western religions for different meanings and in different contexts (sometimes drastically different) than any Westerner familiar with Judaism and Christianity might think to use them. However, I would argue that this is not due to the writers' lack of understanding of these symbols or how to use them, and more of a desire to exploit them for their own means and use them to illustrate ideas about religion as opposed to, so to speak, talking about religion "from the inside". Like FLCL, the usage of these symbols is indeed frequently opaque - also like FLCL, it can be difficult to differentiate which are there for the hell of it and which actually Mean Something, and also like FLCL, there are a number of viable and entirely legitimate analyses of these symbols within the context of the show (for a broad example, the recurring presence of and interplay between Adam, Lilith and Eva, and how the use of these concepts as symbols ties into themes of feminine power in the series). Even moreso than FLCL, the symbolism here, like many aspects of the series, is deliberately intended to be open to multiple interpretations, similar, for example, to the works of David Lynch or to one of Evangelion's biggest inspirations, The Prisoner.
Anyway, my point is that it is symbolism, but of a very different kind than is seen in Western writing. Sorry if all that was a little incoherent. I probably don't know enough about literature to get into a high-level discussion over this, but I'm just typing out some thoughts. Anyway, that book sounds like a very interesting read; I'll have to track it down.
The second half of the first bullet point is just negative speculation on the development team's motives; we can simply note that there's sexual symbolism but no context and let the readers make of it what they will.
The second bullet point came about from condensing some natter, but in the process it lost a bit of accuracy - the Yellow and Red God stuff came from the 3rd game itself (where, true to the trope, it seemed to have absolutely nothing to do with anything). Whether any of it has any importance in the story still an open question (one popular theory is that none of it's relevant in itself, but that the series is powered by a Clap Your Hands If You Believe effect), so let's just leave it open-ended. The downside is that it might attract more "obviously the real answer is [insert favorite fan theory here]" natter which'll have to be trimmed, but it's the most impartial answer.
Trope renamed from What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic??
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Point noted in these discussion: this trope is about when there is supposedly symbolic looking imagery but no theme in the story that it actually represents. It is not actual symbolism done badly, it is not things that could be interpreted as symbolic, it is not "accidental" symbolism. If there is a description of the theme or idea that the symbolism is meant to present taken from the work, then you are doing it wrong. If you have to try really hard to find symbolism and if it isn't just a visual or other aesthetic consideration, you're doing it wrong.
Yeah, the name change kind of alters the connotations of the trope. Many of the entries here are just examples of overly blatant or hamhanded symbolism (that still IS symbolism), which would have made sense given the original title, but not so much under the current one. Perhaps a new page should be created for this?
Also, the header image kind of lacks context.
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