scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,171
Symbolic Themes in Gospel Song by Dorothy Allison Gospel Song contains many complex subtle analogies Dorothy Allison the author repeatedly brings up the same traditional physical manifestations of specific ideas until they become thematic enough that the reader recognizes the symbolism as intentional Most of these symbolic themes point to the longing pain and loneliness that is the narrators perception of life I will address three themes that do so directly and two that do so indirectly by referring to Shannons body and her death All these themes are also linked to gospel music the central symbol of this longing The story concludes with the narrator recognizing that pure gospel is absolute hopeless grief 437 Allison depicts religion as a crutch for hypocrites Too weak to face the reality of our lonely world people invent a just caring God Therefore a gospel song as a petition to this imaginary loving being epitomizes our hopeless emptiness Alcohol is a symbol of the ephemeral Since the story takes place in a small Southern town with a strong Baptist presence alcohol which is brought up repeatedly throughout the story is presented as evil and ungodly Granny puts a twist on this when she compares alcohol with that revival crap Its nice to clean you out now and then but it ant for real Its like bad whiskey Run through you fast and leave you with a painll lay you down 419 The narrator foregoes this warning when she hears a real gospel singer and becomes drunk on grief and that pure pure voice She is no longer concerned with the hypocrisy associated with her beloved gospel and prays Lord make me drunk on that music 423 Air is traditionally associated with spirituality In Gospel Song it is especially related to the transcendental ie transcending the pain of the physical world Allison frequently mentions breath often in the context of overcoming physical tension such
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA