2Symbolism What is a symbol? Often an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we attach unusual meaning and significance.For example:Skull and crossbonesrepresents a symbol of danger or poisonRed rosesrepresents a symbol of loveLionrepresents a symbol of power and courageCrownrepresents a symbol of royalty
3Symbolism Where do symbols come from? handed down or inherited over timeinvented by someone or somethingFor example: our school symbol – dawg print / Scottie headHowever, we may not know the origin of many symbols, including common ones.
4Why use symbols?Why don’t writers just come right out and say what they mean rather than using symbols?Symbols allow writers to suggest various types of meanings.Sometimes, literal statements can’t explain what something means on the same level that a symbol can.They also allow for creativity and imagination.
5Allegory What is an allegory? An allegory is a story in which characters, settings, and actions stand for something beyond themselves.There is a literal meaning AND a symbolic meaning.For example:Characters and setting of a story may represents abstract ideas or moral qualities.Characters and situations may stand for historical figures and events.Allegories are often intended to teach a moral lesson or to make a comment about goodness.
6Symbolism Practice…1.) Identify what you think the items below stand for.2.) Then, explain: why is this symbol appropriate for what it stands for?A snakeAn eagleSpringAn owlA white flag3.) Be prepared to discuss your answers.
7Allegory Practice…Read the following poem and answer the question below.I May, I Might, I MustIf you will tell me why the fen appearsimpassable, I then will tell you why I thinkthat I can get across it if I try. – Marianne MooreLiteral meaning of a fen: A fen is a swampy place.What do you believe the fen symbolizes in this poem?Be prepared to discuss your answer.
8“The Scarlet Ibis”Make a list of situations that might make someone feel proud. Is pride positive or negative – can it be both? What does it mean to be proud?Read “The Scarlet Ibis” on page 343.The setting of this story is in the South. Its climax takes place in 1918, the year World War I ended. You will find references in the story to battles being fought from its peaceful southern setting. As you read, think about why the author chose this setting. Be prepared to discuss.