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Symbols. 3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal. What do you see? What do you think it means?. What is a symbol? .

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symbols

Symbols

3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal.

what is a symbol
What is a symbol?
  • Symbol: a person, place, or object that stands for something beyond itself.
  • Symbolism (using a symbol) allows authors to communicate in ways beyond the limits of language.
  • A symbol gains its meaning from the context of the text, and it can often change over the course of a text.
how to recognize a symbol
How to recognize a symbol
  • Make note of people, places, or objects that…
    • Are mentioned repeatedly
    • Are described in detail
    • Are central or important to the characters or the plot
  • Ask yourself how this person, place, or object could be related to a major theme of the text
how to analyze a symbol
How to analyze a symbol
  • Identify the symbol
  • Brainstorm what the symbol represents
  • Explain the effect of the symbol
    • How does the symbol affect the plot?
    • How does the symbol affect the characters?
    • How does the symbol affect you as a reader?
  • Explain the author’s purpose in creating the symbol
    • Why would the author choose this person, place, or object?