Down and Out in Paris and London

by

George Orwell

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Down and Out in Paris and London Symbols

The Color Red

In Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell makes regular use of the color red to highlight the degrading nature of poverty and the power it has to turn men into beasts…

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Insects

Insects symbolize poverty’s worst indignities, as well as the social and economic stratification that keeps the poor in their place. There is no end to the insect problem in the hotels of Paris and in…

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Clothing

For the wealthy, clothes are often stand-ins for status. For the poor, clothing is an outward manifestation of their struggle for equality in a world that benefits from inequality. Good, clean clothing is of utmost…

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