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Symbolism in The Walking Dead

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I got this idea while writing a post in another thread. Lets point out some of the symbolism in The Walking Dead

In another thread I said that Clementine having the stranger's pistol showed a sense of maturity. It means that she is letting go of her childish ways and she his learning from her mistakes. If you got her to shoot the stranger, it could also mean that the gun is a symbol of her loss of innocence, sense that was the first living person she shot.

Another symbol I found is a big one, it's heavily used throughout the game. Clementine's hat is a symbol for hope. Clementine says early in the game it's from her dad, and it is one of the only few things she has that reminds her of her parents. This could reflect Clementine's hope that her parents are alive and that everything will go back to normal. When Lee finds Clementine's hat near when he gets bitten, he gets walker blood stained on it. This could mean the symbol turned into fear. I say this because Lee hopes he can make it to clementine on time but yet is fearful of when he will turn.
EDIT: I changde denial into fear after thinking about it

That's all I got, let me know if you disagree with anything I wrote here, I love stimulating debates. Also if you have any other symbols you'd like to point out, do so!

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  • From another thread I posted in about a week ago I said that I felt like when Lee was burying the kid (walker) in Episode 4, and how he took a lot of effort to do so its because in a way he was also 'burying' everyone else that he'd lost at that point as well.

    Also another thing is that when you are holding onto Ben at the top of the belltower in Episode 4 and you are given the option to drop him or pull him up, it symbols what Crawford stands for. They are prepared to kill the weak and the people who need looking after (or in Ben's case, he needs people to keep a close eye on him). So you go through Crawford and you can be disgusted by what they had done but if you drop him, you are sort of doing the same thing. Small difference though is that Ben is telling you it's okay to drop him, whereas the people in Crawford didn't ask for it.

    Another thing that isn't in the game but in the promo picture for Episode 4:
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    I think that Clem letting go of Lee's hands and running ahead shows that she is also becoming more capable and doesn't always need Lee there to watch over and look after her. It also links in with the whole "Stay close to me" thing and that Clem is becoming a little bit more detached with Lee after her deception with the whole walkie talkie situation.

    I noticed a lot of stuff in Episode 4 haha.

  • I always thought that Lee burying the abandoned child with Clementine watching was drawing on the parallels of his fear of losing her.

  • @Mikejames said: I always thought that Lee burying the abandoned child with Clementine watching was drawing on the parallels of his fear of losing her.



    Yeah good point, maybe it could be both? But yeah that makes sense especially since Lee mentions that what happened to the kid could have happened to Clem if he didn't find her.

  • I like the idea of dropping ben being the reflection of crawford's rules, good thinking!

  • Burying the kid has so much symbolism it's hard to figure out what it means.

  • Well symbols could always mean more than one thing.

  • Ben being stupid is symbolism for Ben being stupid

  • @WalkingDeadFan23 said: Ben being stupid is symbolism for Ben being stupid



    Godammit Ben!

  • Kinda obvious but...the walkie-talkie. It represents Clementine's innocence and sense of safety. It was her only form of communication to her parents when she was out exploring in her treehouse. Even back then, it was a lifeline, a source of comfort and protection she could always rely upon when she needed it.

    That's why it's so terrible that it was exploited by the Stranger to get close to her. The comfort and safety she had come to value so much ended up putting her in the most danger. So when she left the walkie-talkie behind at the end of Episode 5, she was also leaving that innocence behind. Maybe for the better, maybe not. Regardless, she's all alone now.

  • @DomeWing333 said: Kinda obvious but...the walkie-talkie. It represents Clementine's innocence and sense of safety. It was her only form of communication to her parents when she was out exploring in her treehouse. Even back then, it was a lifeline, a source of comfort and protection she could always rely upon when she needed it.

    That's why it's so terrible that it was exploited by the Stranger to get close to her. The comfort and safety she had come to value so much ended up putting her in the most danger. So when she left the walkie-talkie behind at the end of Episode 5, she was also leaving that innocence behind. Maybe for the better, maybe not. Regardless, she's all alone now.



    I like where you went with that. Good job!

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