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Title: Symbolism


1
Symbolism
  • Meanings beyond the obvious

2
A symbol is
  • an object that stands for itself and a greater
    idea.
  • We see symbols every day

3
  • PART 1 HOW MANY SYMBOLS CAN YOU ASSOCIATE WITH
    UNIVERSAL, ABSTRACT IDEAS OR VALUES??
  • HINT Dont limit yourselves to objects, think
    also about shapes and colors or just parts of a
    picture

4
In literature, symbolism
  • creates a direct, meaningful link between
  • a specific object, scene, character, or action
  • and
  • abstract ideas, values, persons or ways of life.

5
Symbolism is be used to
  • Provide meaning beyond the obvious
  • Emphasize key ideas or themes

A river can represent the flow of life or its
depth may represent the unknown the water
might be purity or there could be dangers
beneath the surface.
6
  • Draw attention to the plot

A walk into a tunnel or change from day to
night could show movement from good to evil, or
that something bad is coming
A storm at a critical moment can represent the
intense emotion and trouble
And dawn may show the end of conflict, the start
of a new day.
7
  • And give insights into characters

In Poes Telltale Heart, the sound of the
beating heart represents the mans guilt
a characters name symbolizes something about
him in The Lottery Mr. Graves has authority
over the killing
and a characters appearance can be symbolic of
his personality. In The Cask of Amontillado,
Fortunato wears a fools costume and he is, in
fact, a fool for trusting the narrator.
8
How can you spot a symbol?
  • Theres no one way, but some things to look for
    are
  • Colors or objects that are used __________ if
    its mentioned often, its probably important
  • Unusual character __________
  • Objects / creatures that have __________
    meanings (lions strength, owls wisdom, etc.)

9
One warning
  • Many symbols are _________ interpretations
    and unintended by the author!
  • Consider this dialogue from Peanuts. Charlie
    Brown has drawn something, and Lucy is seeing a
    symbol that __________

Lucy Do you always have the peoples hands
behind their back to symbolize your shyness?
Charlie Brown No, I just dont know how to
draw hands.
So dont go crazy with this stuff! Its all
open to interpretation
10
What do these images symbolize?
11
And these
12
Symbolism
  • Meanings beyond ________________

13
A symbol is
  • an object that __________ itself and a
    __________
  • We see symbols every day

14
  • PART 1 HOW MANY SYMBOLS CAN YOU ASSOCIATE WITH
    __________ ______________IDEAS OR VALUES??
  • HINT Dont limit yourselves to objects, think
    also about shapes and colors or just parts of a
    picture

15
In literature, symbolism
  • creates a direct, meaningful _____ between
  • a __________ object, scene, character, or
    action
  • and
  • __________ , values, persons or ways of life.

16
Symbolism is be used to
  • Provide meaning beyond the __________
  • Emphasize key ideas or themes

A river can __________ the flow of life or
its __________ may represent the unknown the
water might be purity or there could be
dangers beneath the surface.
17
  • Draw attention to the __________

A walk into a tunnel or change from day to
night could show movement from good to evil, or
that something bad is coming
A storm at a critical moment can __________ the
intense emotion and trouble
And dawn may show the end of conflict, the start
of a new day.
18
  • And give insights into characters

In Poes Telltale Heart, the sound of the
beating heart __________ the mans guilt
a characters __________ something about him
in The Lottery Mr. Graves has authority over
the killing
and a characters appearance can be symbolic of
his ___________ In The Cask of Amontillado,
Fortunato wears a fools costume and he is, in
fact, a fool for trusting the narrator.
19
How can you spot a symbol?
  • Theres no one way, but some things to look for
    are
  • Colors or objects that are used repeatedly if
    its mentioned often, its probably important
  • Unusual character names
  • Objects / creatures that have cultural meanings
    (lions strength, owls wisdom, etc.)

20
One warning
  • Many symbols are personal interpretations and
    unintended by the author!
  • Consider this dialogue from Peanuts

Lucy Do you always have the peoples hands
behind their back to symbolize your shyness?
Charlie Brown No, I just dont know how to
draw hands.
So dont go crazy with this stuff! Its all
open to interpretation
21
What do these images symbolize?
22
And these
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