What is a concrete object that could represent cowardice (like Mollie)?I also still need more ideas for my project. I already have make-up, a mirror, ribbon, sugar cubes, and a brush. I can't think...

What is a concrete object that could represent cowardice (like Mollie)?

I also still need more ideas for my project. I already have make-up, a mirror, ribbon, sugar cubes, and a brush. I can't think of anything to represent a coward, which I really want to do, but any other ideas would be good. :)

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I take it you mean 'concrete' as in physical or real, rather than imagined - or the building material? A concrete object to represent the cowardice of Mollie in George Orwell's novel 'Animal Farm' could be a white feather. This is a symbol traditionally associated with cowardice and has been used very unpleasnantly to offend or insult those who take the decision not to engage in warfare. Some people take this decision because they are genuinely afraid and some for political or pacifist intentions such as the 'conscientious objectors' of the First World War or Vietnam. Some soldiers were accused of cowardice through being sent home on leave through illness, injury or generally being unfit for service. Some went A.W.O.L. Others (like the 'conchies' mentioned before) were subjected to intimidation, bullying and assault although, in a particularly poisonous method , white feathers were often sent anonymously through the post or mailbox.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In terms of finding an object to represent Mollie, you are on the right track with your items.  I would say that your last object could take on a couple of forms.  The first would be to identify an object that she lacks.  For instance, you could have a picture of a "heart" or some type of strength (Like The Cowardly Lion at the end of "The Wizard of Oz.")  Mollie could use some heart or some courage because of her self centered and rather phony nature.  The opposite end would be to identify something that could represent her current state.  I would think that a weather vane or some object which fluctuates with the breeze might represent her because her loyalty is only good when she benefits, which means that her sense of conviction, if present, is elusive and inconsistent, at best, and always changing.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I thought about white feathers too, but I was afraid they would be from too long ago for anyone but us old people to understand...

My other two thoughts are:

A lion doll.  You could either have it be ironic (you know -- sort of the opposite of cowardice) or you could say that it's the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz.  If you could get an actual Cowardly Lion doll, that would be better.  But maybe your teacher would give you extra credit for being ironic...

A mouse.  Not ironic, but a mouse should work as a symbol of cowardice since they're supposed to be timid.

mkcapen1 | Student

Mollie is a trouble maker who avoids work.  She is vain and likes to look upon her own self through her reflection in the water.  When I think of cowardice I have to think of something shrinking and pulling away.  I thought of a mask.  A mask allows for a person to hide behind it.  Mollie wears her own mask in the lies she tells others.  She hides behind her beauty as well.  Yet, the mask would also allow her to conceal cowardice.  Another item might be a yellow veil.  She is a white mare who is very proud of her appearance. The color yellow is often used to represent cowardice.