SYMBOLISM. 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. Symbols in Literature. Writers use symbols to suggest layers of meaning that a simple, literal statement could never convey.
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What does each of these symbols stand for? Why do you think they have taken on the meanings they have?
A symbol is an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached a special meaning.
Symbolism is when the author uses an object or reference to add deeper meaning to a story. Symbolism in literature can be subtle or obvious, used sparingly or heavy-handedly. An author may repeatedly use the same object to convey deeper meaning or may use variations of the same object to create an overarching mood or feeling. Symbolism is often used to support a literary theme in a subtle manner.
The following are common symbols used in literary works:
Writers insert symbols into their writing to allude to a feeling, mood or attitude without directly stating the perspective or mood intended. Symbolism is supplemental to the story.