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Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?
Transcript of Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?
Symbols are not just objects
images,they can also be found through
What the object symbolizes will be determined to a large extent by
the individual engages the situation (a symbol has
messages coming from multiple
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
Allegory vs. Symbol
represent other things on a
basis (their one mission is to convey a certain message).
; therefore, it means
Symbolism in Literature
Symbolism in Everyday Life
The American Flag and our planet Earth, for example, can have many
A symbol is something (object/image/
, stands for, or
an idea, visual image, belief, action, or material entity.
By: Alyanna Mercado
31 January 2014
that can have
;therefore, it means
to a single statement but will more probably involve a range of possible meanings and
"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
doing with this object/action/image?
are suggested by the movement of the narrative or the lyric?
What do you
the symbol trying to tell you?
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
and pay attention to what you
about the text because it probably means what it does...
at least for
A symbol depends on
Foster, Thomas C.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2003. Print.
Lord of the Flies
. New York: Pedigree, 1954. Print.
When identifying a symbol, use a variety of tools: questions,
experience, and/or preexisting knowledge.
The conch itself, as you may have
already known from previous experiences,
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
exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist (Golding 181)".
IS THAT A SYMBOL?
If they can, it is not a symbolism. It's
Although some symbols
have a relatively
range of meanings, in general a symbol cannot stand for
Keep in Mind:
Example from Lord of the Flies by William Golding: