Posted: 01 January 2011 at 10:27am | IP Logged
WOW Parm..this was really AWESOME!and funny too!!
A symbol in lit usually is used to shed further light(a symbol of illumination!! ROFL) on a particular theme, dialogue,thought etc..
It can be used to shed light- by either Satirizing the said theme..or by using it in its literal meaning.
Taweez was the first symbol( i think) we saw in the show- Destiny.
The chanciness of destiny- that is what it has highlighted..
The Baba, parrot or whatever was right- because it was mere chance.
There was a huge probability that it wouldn't happen- but it did.
The taweez kept coming back as a reminder of chance- how the self-determined girl wasn't the only one determining her own life...that the randomness which is a part of all human life isn't always due to clumsiness or circumstances but a khichdi of things and an arbiter which is arbitraryand abstract.
This was the basis of symbolism on which perhaps was built up the love story- or started to.
As a chance- it might have not been the result of their falling in love- but they did fall in love.
Coincidence- of course- Maan wouldn't have been there if he could help it...but in the beginning he WAS there...coincidentally..that taweez was the indicator of chance...a reminder that it could be..or not..
But gradually as their feelings got stronger ..the taweez became a symbol of their love- a Chance (or chances) that led to the fruition of a relationship for life.
She put it round his neck as a reminder of their love.
which is usually seen as the biggest risk of anyone's life.
That symbol stayed as a reminder of Destiny- and their Love
it's a love token now...but might be used further
Of course- even in literature- a symbol changes with the theme..it doesn't remain constant throughout ;)
The way taweez continued to be shown so many times..it became a symbol..
A thing becomes a symbol when WE see something in it..whether it's there or not...whether it was intended in that way or not- is a limited and a limiting question because well..a symbol is GIVEN out to be INTERPRETED in everyone's own way
A ROSe- can stand for anything- for anyone.
But to prevent it from becoming extremely abstract...it is given a context.
In every 'symbol' we have- whether it be dialogue loops, scene loops,pictures, or objects(including celestial bodies) we have contexts that keep changing...so..the symbol and our interpretation keeps changing as well..
I love what PRam said about the Moon..I agree..and the shooting stars too..
but see we have associated things with shooting stars and the moon for centuries( trust me...I have READ completely moony people that form the Canon of Lit today)
Celestial bodies used because of their permanence and the associated interpretations that continue to stick to most of them are very difficult to shake off..
so even if Moon comes out every day and is merely a satellite- it is shown to be full moon in GHSP, although there is also amavasya- because it looks pretty and is associated with certain things that add a certain etherial quality to Maneet...
I'm still writing..but it's time for the show..so I'll be back!
Symbolism about names on the premise-
Dev- IRONY IRONY...look what he pretended to be and who he turned out to be
Geet- SONG. and associations with it- Life, music, love
Geet ka Maan- geet's respect and self-respect - he supported her in her journey- being there and sometimes by not being there
Maan ki Geet- She taught maan to LIVE again..he now views life with an open heart and mind.
Nain Tara- well...tara of everyone's eyes- that is what she wants to be...the best..she wants it all..she's ambitious and determined..she's also an attention seeker..ROFL...
And ironically- she is anything but a taara of anyone's eye..except her brothers'
Meera- Will be devoted to her love and friendship for Dev ...till now..let's see what happens aage
Arjun- White. He isn't..LOL
See, names are played around with and have certain associations with it..it adds to the richness of character when their very names become the anti-thesis of their character
Im not going to redo a thesis on Dupatta..
I believe it's a matter of honor because it is worn to cover a woman against exposure.
I don't know how..but it does..LOL..geet hasn't been wearing it for fashion but it goes with her attire- in the sense that her thought process is that of a punjabi girl who has respect for her self and that respect involves having an open-ness of thought while combining her tradition.
Whenever she has torn her dupatta- it has been her giving a PERSONAL object v closely associated with her to bind Maan's injuries.
and when maan saved Geet..the dupatta flew on his head...it came into his hand and onto him...transposing a part of HER attire- one SHE associates with her self-respect to Maan
Dev couldn't remove her dupatta when it got stuck.
dev took away her privacy.
Geet allowing maan to come into her private space is therefore what v basically the dupatta is about..
The whole honor thing is then built up from this basic idea I think...
(im trying to retrace associations here as Im sure Sandy has already done a brilliant job with the symbol detailing :)) )
Other symbols- are used in their traditional associations with colors and what they evoke.
we think white and we think- clean, we think pure
We think Green and we think trees..grass...nature.
we think red and we think..etc etc
we think black and we think..etc etc
BABY is the biggest symbol being used...NOW I hope she get's converted from a symbol to a living being
Paintings of the Virgin Mary, and other ones have been used to indicate certain things and those were consciously done.
I'm going to be chup now..LOL
and end by saying this-
Symbolists usually live in their own world- didn't care about the logic- as the movement came up as a reaction to the Rationalism of their age. They give symbols out sometimes so abstract that they cannot be interpreted..
For eg- the French Symbolists
Trust me again- those poems - anything meant everything and vice-versa..ROFL
I have loved the water and mirror symbolisms- and perhaps some of them were also very consciously used
but really at the end- it's what we make of the symbols and the diversity of opinion we get when and if we look at them and interpret them that adds depth and detailing to the episodes.
That also tells us about ourselves more because at the end it is how WE view things that matter and not how we are SHOWN them
Love to all!
Anj- m gonna answer picture symbolism in a while :P
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