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Symbolism in Literature

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Lauren Costantino

on 24 November 2013

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Review: Symbolism in Literature
Exploring what symbols mean and how authors use them
What are symbols?
anything from animals, objects, elements, places, people, or colors that are used to represent something else.
Why do authors use symbols?
Add layers of meaning to the story
Understand story on a deeper level.
Can you think of symbols we use everyday? What do these mean to us?
What about colors?

Most things carry meaning, especially in literature
What about seasons?
“Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity.”
Stephen King, On Writing
The time of day?
Symbolism in Plays

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
they have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,”
-Shakespeare, "As You Like it."
What literary device is being used here?
What does the 'stage' symbolize?
What about the men and women?
Symbolism in Poetry
Sara Teasdale in her poem “Wild Asters” develops a number of striking symbols:

“In the spring, I asked the daisies
If his words were true,
And the clever, clear-eyed daisies
Always knew.

Now the fields are brown and barren,
Bitter autumn blows,
And of all the stupid asters
Not one knows.”
These may be less obvious
What could the daisies represent?
what about the fields?
Symbolism in Flannery O' Connor's "Parker's Back."
Consider the use of religious symbols
Consider the use of tattoos as symbols
The title may hold some symbolic meaning
Can be interpreted in a number of ways
Consider the characters and their roles in the story.
Symbolism is everywhere!!
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