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    What does this mean? "withdraw within a shell"

    His impotence becomes silent anger and he withdraws within a shell.


    What does "he withdraws within a shell" mean?

    Thank you!!!


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    Re: What does this mean? "withdraw within a shell"

    Hi,

    To 'withdraw' is to pull back and remove yourself from a situation. 'A shell' is a metaphor (representation) of something which can hide or protect you from a situation. So to withdraw into a shell means to remove yourself from a situation and hide away in a protective space.

    Metaphorically, it means to hide away or keep your true thoughts and feelings hidden from the world so as to protect yourself from getting hurt or being discovered.

    Good luck,
    Deanna

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    Re: What does this mean? "withdraw within a shell"

    Quote Originally Posted by Carameldiaz View Post
    His impotence becomes silent anger and he withdraws within a shell.


    What does "he withdraws within a shell" mean?

    Thank you!!!
    It's usually written "he withdraws into his shell".
    Think snails, tortoises and other animals that literally withdraw into their shells for protection.

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    Re: What does this mean? "withdraw within a shell"

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Carameldiaz,

    In my humble opinion there are possible two interpretations: protective measures or withdrawal from active social live (from societ) and taken of a back seat, detachment from the collective, live on o’s own.
    withdraw into o’s shell = retire into o’s shell
    to retire from the world
    There is a thickened area over the head, called the hood, that acts as a protective lid when the animal withdraws into the shell.
    Most snails had withdrawn into their shells and were inactive.
    shoulder shrug (The shoulder-shrug complex was originally identified by Charles Darwin in 1872.)
    The shoulder shrug is a universal sign of resignation, uncertainty amd submissiveness.
    .. us makes for himself to creep under in moments of danger, as a totoise withdraws within its shell.
    Shoulder shrug = defensive shrug
    The shrug gesture originate from an ancient, protective crouch pattern innervated by paleocircuits designed for flexion withdrawal.

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    V.

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