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In preparation for reading "The Scarlet Ibis" students learn about symbols in literature. Symbols like color, animals, body parts, and weather.

Adam Griffin

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism

The term, symbol, when used in literature
is often a figure of speech in which a person,
object, or situation represent
something in addition to its literal meaning.
A symbol may appear in a work of literature in a number of different ways to suggest a
number of different things. Most commonly, a symbol will present itself in the form of
1) a word
2) a figure of speech
3) an event
4) the total action
5) a character.
some conventional symbols
(for example)
colors as symbols
Red : immoral; the color of the life principle, blood, passion, emotion, danger, or daring;
often associated with fire
Black: seen as a cold and negative aspect suggesting passivity, death, ignorance, or evil.
White: innocence, life, light,
purity, or enlightenment
Green: inexperience, hope; new life, immaturity; a combination of blue and yellow, it
mediates between heat and cold and high and low; it is a comforting, refreshing human color; it is the color of plant life
seasons as symbols
spring: birth,
new beginning
Autumn: decline, nearing
death, growing old
Winter: death, sleep,
hibernation, or stagnation
weather as symbols
Rain: washes away guilt, origin of life,
regeneration, vehicle of cleansing
wind and storms: violent human emotion
fog/mist: prevents clear vision or thinking; represents isolation
animals as symbols
Dove : peace, purity, simplicity
Owl : wisdom,
rational knowledge
serpent: temptation, evil
lion: power, pride
body parts
as symbols

blood: vitality, life, family, death
bones: death,
eyes: windows to the soul or
barometer of emotions
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