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The Sound of Thunder-Symbolism

English lesson plan
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Lucie Dillon

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of The Sound of Thunder-Symbolism

Symbolism The Sound of Thunder Example of Symbolism What is symbolism? How do symbols help develop plot, conflict, character, and theme? The poem "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes is an example of symbolism. Mother to Son by: Langston Hughes Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas, or qualities of something greater than itself. Symbols help develop plot, conflict, character, and theme by adding more depth and meaning without explaining it straight out, which would take away from the story. Mother to Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Langston Hughes What does crystal stairs mean? What does crystal stair mean in the story? An easy, or glamorous life. Refer to the passages, and find symbols. What are some symbols you found? Some Symbols in The Sound of Thunder... -The Butterfly, showing the fragility of life -The T-Rex, symbolizing Eckels' fear -The time machine symbolizes everything wrong with the present -The sound of thunder, symbolizing drastic events happening, or time being altered -The path symbolizes the way or "path" of life -The gun, symbolizes death How do these symbols specifically develop the story? By: Jacqueline Tobin Hannah Edelman Savannah Reier Ian Foggo David Maldonado Lucie Dillon
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