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Symbolism in Literary Fiction

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Transcript of Symbolism in Literary Fiction

A SYMBOL is usually a concrete object that stands for or represents something else.
How can we determine a symbol's meaning?
UNDERSTANDING SYMBOLISM IN
LITERARY FICTION

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However, a symbol can generally involve a range of possible meanings and interpretations.
Here are some recognizable symbols.
questions
preexisting knowledge
experiences
We each bring an individual history to our reading, which will affect how we interpret symbols.
philosophical inclination
social involvement
gender
race
educational level
class
The same symbol can have various meanings when used by different authors.
In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", the river represents both danger and safety as well as a road to growing maturity and understanding.
In Hart Crane's poem "The Bridge", The bridge and river represent connection.
In T.S.Eliot's The Wasteland, the river represents the corruption of modern life and the collapse of civilization.
Action can also be symbolic.
MOWING
APPLE PICKING
Think about these ideas taken from The Hunger Games and consider what they might symbolize...
While it's important to realize that we all bring our own perspective, when reading we need to interpret what the AUTHOR is trying to symbolize...not what we want the symbols to mean.
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