Symbolism and Allegory . Layers of Meaning. What Symbols Stand For. A symbol is often an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance. We use a rectangle of dyed cloth to symbolize a country.
Layers of Meaning
We use a picture of a skull and crossbones to symbolize poison or danger.
Five linked rings symbolize the Olympics
A crown symbolizes royalty
Writers often take a new object, character, or event and make it the embodiment of some human concern.
Some invented symbols in literature have become so widely known that they often have gained the status of public symbols.
For example: Peter Pan is a symbol for eternal childhood
You may ask why writers don’t just come right out and say what they mean.
An allegory can be read on one level for its literal or straightforward meaning
Some of the most famous allegories feature characters and places whose names describe what they symbolize.
In an old English play called Everyman, the main character is named Everyman (he stands for exactly what his name indicates).
Here we have a picture of a serpent (snake) and an apple.
What are some things that come to mind when you see this image?
Often times, a serpent or snake is used to symbolize temptation or trouble. This allegory stems from it’s biblical reference.
What does the apple stand for?
The Most Dangerous Game:
Zaroff: Allegory for ________________
Thank You M’am:
Shoes: Symbol for ________________
Fortunato: Symbol/Allegory for____________
War: Allegory for_________________
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