Beneath a Scarlet Sky Symbols & Objects

Sullivan, Mark
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Churches

Churches symbolize the common faith of the people. The Catholic faith has a strong influence on the Italian people at this time. The cathedral in the center of Milan, the Basilica di Santa Maria Nascente, is an important landmark for both the citizens and for Pino, who when near it knows that he is close to home.

Cardinal Schuster realizes the power of the church to represent the same thing across different nationalities, as it is the only building in Milan which keeps its lights on during the blackout. Cardinal Schuster's reasoning is that "the bomber pilots will see it and be so awed by its beauty that they choose to spare it.” (10) which indicates his hope that reverence for sacred buildings will be sufficient to ensure the bombers pass by.

Mountains

Mountains symbolize challenges and endurance. The mountains are a revered place for Pino, having...

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