Odyssey 03—symbols

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03 in the Odyssey series. Discussing symbols and their meaning in the epic genre context

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Odyssey 03—symbols

  1. 1. The OdysseySymbols<br />By Homer<br />The epic story of a journey —<br />Symbolic of our journey through life.<br />
  2. 2. What areSymbolArchetypes?<br />
  3. 3. Symbol Archetypes<br />Visual symbols <br />that convey meaning to the human psyche in a mysterious, somewhat subliminal way. <br />
  4. 4. Do you know what subliminal means?<br />
  5. 5. Subliminal<br />Dictionary definition:<br />“existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness.”<br />
  6. 6. Symbol Archetypes<br />Communicate messages that verbal and written information cannot.<br />
  7. 7. Symbol Archetypes<br />Hold the same or almost the same meaning for all humankind<br />Occur in cultures so remote that there has been no chance for influence or communication<br />
  8. 8. Symbol Archetypes<br />River — Life, the flow of time <br />Wheel — a complete cycle <br />Water — purification, the unconscious <br />Rising sun — birth, beginning <br />Setting sun — death, ending <br />Circle — unity <br />Snake — evil <br />
  9. 9. Symbol Archetypes<br />The seasons — life cycle <br />Garden — paradise <br />Tree —life; growth <br />Fire — life; passion, destruction <br />
  10. 10. Symbol Archetypes<br />Colors<br />Red — violence, passion <br />Green — growth, hope<br />Blue — truth, security <br />Black — death, evil <br />White — purity, innocence, mystery <br />
  11. 11. Symbol Archetypes<br />Numbers<br />3 — spirituality <br />4-life cycle — nature<br />7 — perfect order (3+4) <br />

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