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Symbolism in Literature

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Shannon Robinson

on 28 April 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism in Literature

Clues to a deeper meaning Symbolism What is Symbolism? What is a Symbol? A symbol is an ordinary object, event, thing,
person, or animal to which we have attached a
special meaning or significance. Why use Symbols? Writers often use symbols to:
1) suggest layers of meaning that a simple, literal
statement could never convey
2) speak more powerfully to the reader's emotions
and imagination
3) make their stories rich and memorable. Symbolism is the practice or art of using an object
or a word to represent an abstract idea.

Symbolism is found in literature when an author uses
an object or reference to add deeper meaning to a
story. A symbol is like a pebble cast into
a pond; it sends out ever widening
ripples of meaning. It usually represents something universal -- something all readers can understand. Symbolism in Literature: Symbolism is used to provide meaning to the
writing beyond what is actually being described.
Plot and action are one level to the story, symbolism is another level.
Writers often take a new object, character, or event and make it the embodiment of some human concern.
For example:
What do these images
represent? Next, pick a partner and select one of the following fairy tales to analyze its symbolism:
Little Red Riding Hood
Three Little Pigs
Hansel and Gretel
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Rapunzel
Snow White
Rumpelstiltskin
Other of your choice
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