Symbols in The Visit



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A symbol is a thing that stands for or represents both itself and something else.

Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.

Symbolism: The use of symbols (objects, people, places, words, etc.) to represent ideas and emotions by indirect suggestion rather than direct expression

Places + settings

Place

Symbolic significance

Guellen




The station

Act One

Act Two


Act Three (p.98)

Konrad’s Village Wood

15, 28, 84

Petersen’s Barn




The balcony




Note: The change in the descriptions of Guellen before and after Claire visits and gives money to the town:

Before (p.11)

After (p.98)

A tumbledown wreck

Rich and dazzling new

Ramshackle station-building

A flashy incarnation of up-to-the-minute technics

Rusty signal-cabin




Piteous Station Road

Renovated railway station

Barren little building with… mutilated posters

Flags and streamers, posters, neon-lights

An unspeakably ragged man

Men and women of Guellen in evening gowns and dress suits

Characters

Character

Symbolic significance

Policeman




Mayor




Schoolmaster




Doctor




Priest




Man1,2,3,4




The Butler




Ill




Claire




Reporters




Claire’s husbands




Black panther




Dialogue/words




Symbolic significance

“On account”










Objects




Symbolic significance

Claire’s cigar




Claire’s artificial limbs




Lorgnette




Sedan chair




Coffin




New yellow shoes

Cognac


Policeman’s gold tooth

Priest’s new bell



Mayor’s construction plan




Trains




Allusions

Clotho




Lais




Medea




Romeo & Juliet




Plato (p73)




Archangel





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