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Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?

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Alyanna Lynn Mercado

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Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?
Recap:
Symbols are not just objects

or

images,they can also be found through
actions

or

events
.
What the object symbolizes will be determined to a large extent by
how
the individual engages the situation (a symbol has
multiple
messages coming from multiple
interpretations
)
Ask yourself questions about the symbol (Where did you encounter the symbol?, How do you know it's a symbol?, What do you know about the symbol?, etc.)
If you think it's a symbol then it
is a
symbol
.
Allegory vs. Symbol
Allegories
represent other things on a
one
-
for
-
one
basis (their one mission is to convey a certain message).
This is
X
; therefore, it means
Y
Identifying Symbols
Symbolism in Literature
Symbolism in Everyday Life
The American Flag and our planet Earth, for example, can have many
approaches
including:
Symbol...?
A symbol is something (object/image/
action
) that
represents
, stands for, or
suggests
an idea, visual image, belief, action, or material entity.
By: Alyanna Mercado
31 January 2014
Period 5

Symbols
are objects/images/
actions
that can have
multiple
meanings/messages.
This is
X
;therefore, it means
A
,
B
,
C
We are
surrounded
by symbols!
"Symbols do

not
reduce
to a single statement but will more probably involve a range of possible meanings and
interpretations

(Foster 54)"
.
"The meaning of a symbol does not lie on the surface of the novel. Rather, it awaits somewhere deeper and part of what it requires us is to bring something of ourselves to the encounter (Foster 55)".
Some questions you can ask yourself about a symbol:
What is the
writer
doing with this object/action/image?
What
possibilities
are suggested by the movement of the narrative or the lyric?
What do you
feel
/
think
the symbol trying to tell you?
"
Personal
experience will inevitably influence what we will understand in our reading... nowhere is this individuality clearer than in the matter of symbolism..."




"Listen to your
instincts
and pay attention to what you
feel
about the text because it probably means what it does...
at least for
you
(Foster 54,58)".
A symbol depends on
you
and your
own
personal interpretations.
Works Cited:
Foster, Thomas C.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2003. Print.

Golding, William.
Lord of the Flies
. New York: Pedigree, 1954. Print.
When identifying a symbol, use a variety of tools: questions,
personal
experience, and/or preexisting knowledge.
-Freedom -Valor
-Nationalism -Purity
-Patriotism -Union
The conch itself, as you may have
already known from previous experiences,
represents
power
and
authority
;however,
the
action
when Roger crushed
the conch into dust symbolized the
destruction of that power and authority
which essentially destroys what
little civilization the boys
previously possessed before
the tragic event.
"The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the
conch
exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist (Golding 181)".
-Life
-Home
-air/water/fire
-Nature
-Land
-Diversity
IS THAT A SYMBOL?
If they can, it is not a symbolism. It's
allegory
.
CAUTION!
Although some symbols
do
have a relatively
limited
range of meanings, in general a symbol cannot stand for
one
thing
only
.
Keep in Mind:
Example from Lord of the Flies by William Golding:
So...
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