One response to “Grant Wood, American Gothic

  1. The pitchfork, which seems to be a full-fledged character of the painting “American Gothic”, is one of the most intriguing aspects of the painting. The tines point upwards, while a farmer holds a pitchfork down with the tines for safety. This detail has raised many questions about the symbolic meaning of this work. By its shape, the fork can symbolize the masculinity, but also the sexuality, which was equated with perversion in the Puritan Midwest. Wood was known for his grotesque humor, so an allusion to the devil’s trident is not unthinkable. See also

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