Zorba the Greek Questions and Answers
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What are some imagery and allusions in Zorba the Greek? The imagery can be olfactory, sight, auditory, tactile, or taste.

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One of the most important elements in Zorba the Greek is the sea itself. Much of the story takes place at sea. Greece, although having a large coastline, has a large inland area where much of the story could have taken place. There is a point to the novel's setting; the sea and the imagery that revolves around it throughout the story serves as a symbol for the uncertainty of life and the ability to travel into the unknown.

Another important moment in the story is when Zorba is discussing the fish and the fisherman. Here an image is painted of a fisherman praying to God to make the fish blind so that the fish will swim into the nets. The fish, however, are also praying to God to make the fisherman blind....

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