Blog Post 8: Symbol, Index & Icon

After exploring all the works for this lesson I am still very drawn to How to Rob a Bank, by Alan Bigelow. I chose to use this piece to look into deeper for the symbols, indexes, and icons. Focusing on the icons of this piece, there are many throughout the story that clue in the reader to the mindset of the characters. The images the reader receives are sensory qualities to replace elaborate text. Take the google searches, each one starts off with a few words and the auto-generated suggestions which give the reader a sense of imagination as to what the character is looking for. Then the text is finished and the search is done, not the reader gets a feel for what the character doesn’t want and what they select, indicating who this person is. There are multiple different websites that he goes to, how to pages, a morality quiz, the baby names, all represent who this character is and what personality they have. There is also a screen that pops up a few times about how much the character needs to retire at 25, this shows the characters low wealth and young age. The color schemes of the chapters are also icons in that they represent the gender of the characters, flashing back and fourth between the male and female and also yellow to indicate Sarah, the new female identity as she shifts from lover to mother. All icon imagery helps the reader get a sense of who these characters are from start to finish and how they evolve over time. Ted is a broke young adult who needs money fast, decides against his moral code to rob a bank, becomes distant after the baby and no bank robbing, and then goes back to the adrenaline rush of robbing. Lizzy on the other hand wants nothing to do with Ted, gets a thrill from the love of a bad boy, runs off with him, changes as Ted ignores her and she has the baby, then reverts to her love for Ted and begins robbing again to keep him. None of this was spoken or written, but it was there in the way this story used icons.

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