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Symbolism Within Symbolism in various means of media such as film or literature can be vital to fully understanding the message the author or director is trying to get across Works such as The Secret Garden and the human era development myth The Four Ages are no exception The symbols used throughout the previously mentioned pieces of work are not quite as obvious but still contribute to the emotional impact of the message conveyed Such basic elements as the setting of a film help set the mood for the audience As well carefully chosen colours provide intuition into the emotional aspects of the work The naming of eras experienced in The Four Ages provides a deeper insight to the nature of the era and extracts the necessity for a full explaination of the period The environmental surroundings in the film The Secret Garden are an excellent example of setting the mood for the audience In the opening credits the viewers are shown a small girl Mary Lennox being dressed by what seem to be her servants or maids in a plain dimly lit room A bit further into the film Mary is shown wandering around an impoverished town in India wearing a dress unsuitable for the occasion She is then shown tumbling down a small hill while no one takes notice Through the voice-over narration the audience is enlightened on her family situation Marys parents are so involved in their work and social events that they neglect to take care of their daughter and so her childhood suffers This is one reason Mary despises life in India When Mary looses her parents to an earthquake she shows no sign of morning when she moves in with her Uncle residing in England However the gloomy damp climate of her new home in England clues the audience into the fact that she does miss her parents and feels just as lonely as she did while
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