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People think of many different things when the words dirt and weeds are brought into discussions What do you think of when you hear the word dirt Black soil How about weeds A green pest that grows in the dirt According to Mary Douglas and Frieda Knobloch these words are broken down into entirely different meanings than what is stated above Other concepts besides these that will be discussed are the grotesque and disgust In the following essay the concepts of dirt the grotesque and disgust will be used to analyze Frieda Knoblochs chapter of Weeds All of these topics are interrelatedThe first metaphorical word to be looked at is dirt Dirt is essentially disorder or chaos and it exists in the eye of the beholder In my opinion someone who considers an object to be junk may as well be the object of another persons treasure The symbolism of dirt exists in pollution disease and abnormalities It may also symbolize unsanitary places incest impurity or adultery Dirt is matter out of place For example shoes are not dirty in themselves but it is dirty to place them on the dining table 1 All in all dirt depends on certain conditions and can be physical opinionated or emotional This brings us to the concept of disgustDisgust doesnt have a set time or place It is not only physical but also a feeling or an act a lot like dirt This word conjures up biblical fulmination against sodomy and other things that disgusted the God of the Old Testament 2 Disgust is racism and sexism It is taste touch smell and even births deaths decay and deformity These are our fears and our common fears are dirtDeformity also describes the grotesque The grotesque has to do mostly with the nose and mouth It is the overexaggeration of human characteristics that is sometimes used to make fun of people with certain qualities or abnormalities This element of
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