What are some symbols in the book Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella? 

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Shoeless Joe is Canadian author W. P. Kinsella's first book, published in 1982. The story is about Ray Kinsella, who has a mystical experience when he hears an otherworldly voice instructing him to plow up his farm and build a baseball field. As the story progresses, the voices encourage Ray to kidnap a famous writer. Ray and the writer eventually meet Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as many other long-deceased famous baseball players.

One of the more interesting themes in the story is Kinsella's elevation of baseball to a sacrament rather than just a pastime. Whenever Ray speaks of the game, it is in reverential...

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Here are some examples of symbolism in the book Shoeless Joe:

"If you build it he will come" (Kinsella)


"I built this damn field. They wouldn't be here if it weren't for me" (Kinsella).

The quotes show that if you build the field. Joe will come and you will get something out of the hard work. The field also shows how hes proud of it and doesn't want anyone to take advantage of it.