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Symbolism and Allegory. Feature Menu. What Is a Symbol? Where Do We Get Symbols? Symbols in Literature Allegory Practice Part A Practice Part B. What Is a Symbol?. A symbol is an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached a special meaning. [End of Section].

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Symbolism and allegory
Symbolism and Allegory

Feature Menu

What Is a Symbol?

Where Do We Get Symbols?

Symbols in Literature

Allegory

Practice Part A

Practice Part B


What is a symbol
What Is a Symbol?

A symbol is an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached a special meaning.

[End of Section]


Where do we get symbols
Where Do We Get Symbols?

  • Public symbols

    • have been inherited, or handed down over time

  • are widely known

  • show up in art and literature

Note


Where do we get symbols1
Where Do We Get Symbols?

What does each of these symbols stand for? Why do you think they have taken on the meanings they have?

justice

love

luck


Where do we get symbols2
Where Do We Get Symbols?

  • Invented symbols

    • come about when writers make a character, object, or event stand for some human concern

  • sometimes become well known and gain the status of public symbol

[End of Section]


Symbols in literature
Symbols in Literature

  • Writers use symbols to

    • suggest layers of meaning that a simple, literal statement could never convey

  • speak more powerfully to the reader’s emotions and imagination

  • make their stories rich and memorable


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Symbols in Literature

Quick Check

What might the cake symbolize in this passage?

The most prominent object was a long table with a tablecloth spread on it. . . . An épergne or centrepiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; . . . I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it. . . .

“What do you think that is?” she asked me, again pointing with her stick; “that, where those cobwebs are?” . . .

“It’s a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!”

from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

What is your emotional response to the description of the cake?

[End of Section]


Allegory
Allegory

Allegory—a story in which characters, setting, and actions stand for something beyond themselves, such as

  • abstract ideas

  • moral qualities

  • historical figures or events


Allegory1
Allegory

  • Allegories

    • can be read on two levels: literal and symbolic

  • are often intended to teach a moral lesson or make a comment about goodness and vice


Allegory2
Allegory

Characters and places in allegories often have names that reveal their symbolic significance:

Characters

Places

Death

Vanity

Good Deeds

Ignorance

Celestial City

Vanity Fair

Hill of Difficulty

Valley of Fear


Allegory3
Allegory

Quick Check

What do you think Everyman, the main character of the allegory, stands for?

One day, Everyman is summoned by Death to give an accounting of his life. Everyman ask his friends Fellowship, Beauty, Strength, and Good Deeds to go with him to tell Death that he has led a good life. Only Good Deeds stays with him to the end.

—summary of “Everyman”

What comment about fellowship, beauty, and strength does this allegory make?

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Allegory4
Allegory

Quick Check

On a symbolic level, what does it mean that only Good Deeds stays with Everyman to the end?

One day, Everyman is summoned by Death to give an accounting of his life. Everyman ask his friends Fellowship, Beauty, Strength, and Good Deeds to go with him to tell Death that he has led a good life. Only Good Deeds stays with him to the end.

—summary of “Everyman”


Practice
Practice

A. Think about the great number of symbols we’re surrounded by in everyday life. For starters, identify what the items below stand for. Then, see if you can explain the basis for the symbol—why is this symbol appropriate for what it stands for?

  • A snake

  • An eagle

  • Spring

  • An owl

  • A white flag

[End of Section]


Practice1
Practice

B. Here is a brief poem that works on two levels: a literal level and a symbolic level. A fen is a swampy place. What does the fen symbolize in this poem?

I May, I Might, I Must

If you will tell me why the fen

appears impassable, I then

will tell you why I think that I

can get across it if I try.

—Marianne Moore

[End of Section]



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