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😻☝️🏻😻☝️🏽😻☝️🏾😻☝️😻☝️🏿😻☝️🏼 The Leopard
The Leopard" is not only the name of a book, but also the symbol of the House of Salina, Prince Fabrizio's aristocratic family. The leopard means a whole bunch of things, but on a general level, it symbolizes the power and gracefulness of the Italian aristocracy. It's a symbol that goes all the way back to the Etruscans, who were some of the first inhabitants of Sicily.
The Prince, was considered to be the personification of The Leopard. He was tall, majestic, masculine, strong, commanding, handsome, virile, honorable, brilliant and kind. In contrast, he was attracted to a simple philosophy of life.
At one point, we hear that there is a stone leopard above the door of Fabrizio's (the main character) country home: "Over the great solid but sagging door, a stone Leopard pranced, in spite of legs broken off by flung stones". As you can imagine, the fact that this leopard's legs have been broken off doesn't sit well for the future of the Salinas or the Italian aristocracy in general.
Later in the novel, Fabrizio refers to himself directly as a leopard, saying, "We were the Leopards, the Lions; those who'll take our place will be little jackals, hyenas" . In other words, he's saying that the old world of Sicily was once run by powerful, graceful aristocrats. The modern Italy, though, is going to be run by people who know how to pick every last bit of meat off of a good deal. They'll be cheaters, swindlers, and scavengers, like jackals and hyenas.
In the final scene of The Leopard, Fabrizio's daughter Concetta (now an old woman) catches something out of the corner of her eye: