Symbolism in a Literature

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Notes and activities on identifying symbolism in literature

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Symbolism in a Literature:

Symbolism in a Literature Looking for in Everyday Things Deeper Meaning

What is a Symbol?:

What is a Symbol? A thing that represents or stands for something else, usually something physical that you can see or touch, that represents something more abstract

Take a look at your symbolism note sheet. See if you can identify the company with the correct visual symbol.:

Take a look at your symbolism note sheet. See if you can identify the company with the correct visual symbol.

Symbols are used in everything—literature, television, movies. Watch the video below to see an example of symbolism in a commercial.:

Symbols are used in everything—literature, television, movies. Watch the video below to see an example of symbolism in a commercial.

Symbols in Literature:

Symbols in Literature The meaning of the symbol is implied , meaning the reader must figure out what the symbol is supposed to represent.

The Symbol Equation:

The Symbol Equation To figure out what an author’s symbols mean, we must identify three parts of the symbol equation: Symbol Context Meaning

The Symbol:

The Symbol The symbol could be anything in the literature. It may be a person, an object, a situation, or some other element in the story that has a literal meaning and a deeper meaning . Look for things that are emphasized , repeated , or play a central part in the story or conflict.

The Hot Frying Pan = Drugs:

In the commercial, the spokesman told the viewers what the symbols were... The Hot Frying Pan = Drugs The Egg = Your Brain

The Context:

The Context The context is what is happening during the scene when the symbol appears. It can also be what happens to the symbol in the literature. Consider the video again… When the egg—or the brain—is placed on the pan—or drugs—its becomes fried. The director of the video is saying that when the a person takes drugs, their brain completely changes, just like an egg changes when cooked.

Putting it All Together:

Putting it All Together When the reader identifies the reoccurring or significant element, then thinks about the context of the element, they are able to determine what the element represents. Sometimes, the element represents something in the story. Other times, it represents a more global concept.

Lets Do One Together…:

Lets Do One Together…

Take a look at your symbolism note sheet and complete the questions about the story you just heard. :

Take a look at your symbolism note sheet and complete the questions about the story you just heard.

Now complete the symbolism equations in your short story stations packet.:

Now complete the symbolism equations in your short story stations packet.

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