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Symbols and Symbolism

Nikki Norris

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism

Symbols Symbol: an object, a person, or a place that stands for something else. Symbolism: the use of symbols in
literary work The straw house in "The Three
Little Pigs" is a symbol. It symbolizes something flimsy
and not made to last, as well as poor
planning and taking the easy way out. What does the brick house
symbolize? It symbolizes something sturdy and made to last. It also symbolizes good planning. Common Symbols Dove: Peace White: Innocence
and purity spring: rebirth,
renewal red: passion fox: cunning,
sneaky winter: death, old age,
end of life, barrenness These things are not always symbolic
but they often are. They are NOT the only
symbols you will see! Some things are used as
symbols by one author but not by another--in other
words, not all symbols are used across literature. Symbols have both
a literal and figurative meaning.
When we talk about symbolism,
we are talking about the figurative
meaning. Literal Language:
words or phrases are to be understood exactly as stated. Figurative Language:
The meaning of the words is
something beyond the
literal meaning. Idioms are an example of figurative language "Raining cats
and dogs." Literal meaning: Figurative meaning: Watch the following advertisement. Think about the
LITERAL and FIGURATIVE meaning of the commercial. What symbol is used? Listen as I read the poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night."
Think about the literal and figurative meaning of:
1. The night
2. Light Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Night:
Literal Meaning: Nighttime
Figurative Meaning: Death Light:
Literal Meaning: Daytime
Figurative Meaning: Life Sledgehammer:
Literal meaning: A big hammer
Figurative (symbolic) meaning: Innovation (Apple products) Universal Symbol:
embody universally recognized meanings whenever they are used
Constructed Symbol:
Symbols given meaning in a particular work by the way the author uses them Practice: On the back of your Cornell notes, write a paragraph discussing the symbolism in "Daedalus and Icarus." Think about what the minotaur, the tower, the wings, and the sun symbolize.
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