Brideshead Revisited Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
The "Et in Arcadia Ego" Skull
We’re referring to the slightly morbid dorm-room décor which Charles has lying around early in Book One. We might have missed it altogether if Waugh hadn’t rather pointedly entitle...
The Crock of Gold
Another place to see this paradise/death dichotomy is in two passages from Book One. The first happens at the very start of Charles’s flashback, when Sebastian says while picnicking, "[This i...
"That Low Door in the Wall"
Before his first luncheon with Sebastian (a peace offering after the puking incident), Charles pauses to consider whether or not he should go. He was uncertain, he says, "for it was foreign ground...
The Twitch Upon the Thread
This is the title of Book Two and also a phrase we hear twice inside the text. The first occurrence comes at the end of Book One, when Charles is out to dinner with Cordelia at the Ritz:"D'you know...
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