Symbolism is a part of everyday life. There is symbolism on the streets, cars, houses, and in what
people wear. There is symbolism in color. Symbolism is indicated by how a person presents themselves
and especially by some of the characters in Great Expectations. To me, symbolism is important.
Colors are used to symbolize values and emotion. The color red stands for love and respect.
When someone receives a red rose for Valentines Day, it usually means someone loves and respects that
person. Secondly, yellow means joy and gladness. Waking up to a bright and warming, yellow sun makes
me feel happy and joyous. Finally, the color deep pink means gratitude and appreciation. Receiving a deep
pink rose is a great feeling. I think it is wonderful to know someone gives me a symbol of gratitude and
appreciation. Color represents many ideas and emotions.
How someone presents themselves is a form of symbolism. They are making a statement about
how they feel about themselves or, how they want people to perceive them. If the person wears stylish
clothes, grungy clothes, or preppie clothes symbolizes or brings out the person they are. Secondly, the
way a person does their hair, I think, is symbolism. A personís hair style I found, stands for or fits their
personality. Finally, how one acts in another form of symbolism. The way my mother acts symbolizes
how strong and tough she is. How a person presents himself or herself is a form of symbolism.
In Great Expectations, some of the characters show symbolism. First, Estella was a symbol of
isolation. By acting as an adult when she was still young, she separated herself from Pip and others. Not
only was she a symbol of isolation, she was a symbol of manipulation by Miss Havisham. She manipulated
Pip into fighting with Herbert for her attention and played with Pipís feelings. Secondly, Miss Havisham
was a symbol of isolation also. She refused to let go of her past, and continued to wear her wedding dress.
Her decaying dress and cake were symbols of how her life decayed. Pip symbolized how people always
wanted to be someone else, but that they were better off than who they were before. Pipís one wish was to
become a gentleman at the beginning of the novel. However, once he became one, he was miserable.
We create our own symbols. They are present in our everyday lives. We find symbols in color, in
what we wear, and in literature. We also use symbols in our everyday language