Symbol Study: Window

I thought it would be a nice change to take a break from the standard book review, and instead delve deeper into the literary world itself. I chose to do this by exploring the subtle beauty of symbolism and how it has affected the world of words. Today’s symbol is that of a window: one used in many a novel. However, Forster’s A Room with a View, exemplifies my opinion in a most convenient manner, as the story essentially circles around a window and its view.

So, what is a window, really? A window is an opening cut out of a building, that is placed strategically for either a material purpose, or one of practicality. A window is usually created in front of a view, hence the allusion to A Room with a View. The placement of a window is like an artist’s brushstrokes on a canvas, there is special meaning behind it.

What is a window metaphorically? A window is a spiritual entrance through which your soul can travel. If you choose to let it go, your soul can break the glass boundaries created by the window and travel into the greater world; soaking in the sounds, the smells, the sights. A window is a portal; allowing your thoughts to roam around freely. However, a window creates boundaries, as your soul can only travel as far as your eyes can see. You cannot move right, or left; you move in an unwavering straight line. As you gaze out the window, you watch life go by, failing to contribute any involvement. Windows aren’t for proactive people; they are for those who watch rather than do. Those who sit outside of a window usually have a narrow point of view, and aren’t open to anything new or different.

So, dear readers, if you have stayed thus far with me, I wish to pose this question to you:

What is a window, metaphorically speaking?

There is no right or wrong answer, and I am merely interested in hearing your voice. It would be lovely if you could also let me know if you would like me to continue writing such “symbol studies”.

2 thoughts on “Symbol Study: Window

  1. Interesting, and yes, I’d like to see more symbol studies. 🙂

    I would add that a window is also a portal from the outside to the inside, a breach of privacy, a forbidden entry – often used to scary, creepy purpose in either crime or horror. Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ (to move to film for a second) uses windows to great effect both ways – as the protagonist spies out of his own window and in through another’s…

    • Hi, Fictionfan! So sorry for my late reply and prolonged absence from the blogosphere.Yes! I cannot believe I forgot to mention that aspect in my symbol study. Windows are certainly used in many thrillers, such as the “Friday the 13th” series, where Jason Voorhees jumps through many windows. Thanks for commenting!

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