Symbolism is something that stands for or suggests something else beyond literal meaning. A symbol can comprise a word, object, action, complete character, or concept that embodies and evokes additional meaning. When you think of a rose, you may see the literal… A Red Rose like a botanist may. You may also read in to it and see love, romance, Valentine’s Day, etc.

Types of symbolism:

  1. Religious
    • Traces back to the earliest of human civilization
    • Most cultures have at least one religion associated with them
    • Cross: Christianity, Sign of Calvary, Cross to bear
  2. Romantic
    • As old as human culture
    • Think Roses & Cupid
    • Heart-shaped box candy
  3. Emotional
    • Use of physical objects to invoke metaphysical emotion
  4. Imagery
    • Provide visual elements to promote understanding of complex themes
    • Sensory Elements (smelling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing)
  5. Thematic Connection
    • Use universal themes to connect to a broader sense of literature
  6. Character Attributes
    • Symbols can represent attributes of a character
    • Allows identification with character traits
    • Understanding of a character based upon symbolism
  7. Deeper Meaning
    • Convey deeper meaning to the reader that is personal
    • Creates a layered effect so different readers can find different significance even through different read-throughs

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