The Age Of Light
Whitney Scharer
Contributed by Elene Blackwelder
Symbols
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.
The Bell Jar Collection

The Bell Jar Collection represents Lee’s talent as a photographer. She discovers a new photography technique that would have earned her an accolade of praise in the Parisian art community. Sadly, it is Man who steals her idea and presents it as his own. Later, he is awarded for the same by the Philadelphia Camera Society. The Bell Jar Collection represents one of her best works. Moreover, it proves that Lee was talented and asserts her position in the history of photography.

The Lautréamont Poem

The poem represents the toxic relationship between Lee and Man. In the poem, Man is the monster, while Lee is the temptress; they love each other despite their flaws. The poem is an analogy of how the two remain together despite their destructive relationship. Man shows contempt to Lee. Although he objectified her on a number of occasions, she continued to stay in the relationship. For instance, during Andre’s party, Man refers to her as “Exhibit A” (Scharer, 160). Although Lee gets offended by this, she is quick to forgive him.

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