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Elderberry blossoms (symbol)
Being a child, Jean often met a beautiful girl. As it turned out, Julie was that pretty girl Jean loved. However, Julie did not pay attention to him. Therefore, Jean decided to go home and die. Jean wanted to do it beautifully and without pain. He remembered that elderberry blossoms are poisonous. Jean cut off all its branches and made a bed of it in the oat-bin. He fell asleep. When he awoke, he was very ill, but did not die. Elderberry blossoms symbolize nasty illness and death without suffering and pain.
A small bird in the cage, which is Julie’s pet, is an allegory of Julie’s inner soul and its emotional experiences. When the canary is in the cage, it wants to get out and be free. The canary resembles Julie, because the woman, living in her house together with the servant Jean, dreams to escape from home with Jean somewhere far away. However, after the count’s home-coming, Jean rolls up the bird’s neck and it dies. All plans go out the spout. The canary will not feel its freedom. Julie will not feel her happiness with her beloved man.
Betrayal, self-annihilation, trust (motifs)
The main characters of the play have their own bad features of the character. Strindberg had one goal – to show that each of us has such qualities that can hurt our darling people. Jean’s betrayal is infinite. He betrays two women simultaneously and causes them pain. Julie wants to kill herself, because she is tired of Jean’s treachery. Her desire to commit suicide is a big sin. Well, what is wrong with trust? The reader may think that trust is a good quality of a person, but Kristin is wrong, when she begins to trust Julie and Jean. You should not always trust people. Love or social classes are not the main problems of the characters. The main thing is always to remain an honest person.
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