Tag: clothing

  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl (1980) is a short story by American writer Cynthia Ozick, born 1928. In 2014, Joyce Carol Oates joined Deborah Treisman at The New Yorker to read and discuss Ozick’s story. This horrific short story reminds me most of a narrative from another side of the same war: Grave of the Fireflies. Both are […]

  • Symbolism of Coats and Cloaks

    Symbolism of Coats and Cloaks

    The cloak is the garment of Kings, and the King is a symbolic archetype. Fathers and Kings are basically the same archetype in traditional stories. (Fathers are the kings of the home.)

  • The Symbolism of Hats and Crowns

    The Symbolism of Hats and Crowns

    Hats can turn you into a human. Hats also indicate your social status and show deference.

  • Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Shoes and footwear contain plenty of symbolic meaning. Horse shoes are different again, but I’ll include horse shoes here for comparison. Early Nancy Drew stories were high concept hooks which generally paired two disparate things which are nonetheless related in some obscure way. In The Clue of the Tapping Heels, those two things are tap…

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Novel Study

    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Novel Study

    The Hundred Dresses is a middle grade American novel by Eleanor Estes, first published 1944. I consider this story a children’s literature sister of Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Doll’s House“. The Hundred Dresses remains resonant with young readers today, and is happily still in print after winning a Newbery Honor. (The medal was awarded…

  • New Dresses by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    New Dresses by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “New Dresses” (1912) is nowhere near as accomplished as Katherine Mansfield’s later short stories as it lacks focus and appears contrived. “New Dresses” is a different sort of story altogether from the Prelude trilogy, and we need a different yardstick. That said, The Carsfield family is said to be the prototype of the Burnells who we…