7Symbolism in WritingSymbolism is used to provide meaning to the writing beyond what is actually being describedPlot and action are one level in the story; symbolism is another level
8Why don’t writers don’t just come right out and say what they mean? Why Create Symbols?Why don’t writers don’t just come right out and say what they mean?Symbols allow writers to suggest layers and layers of meaning-possibilities that a simple, literal statement could never convey.A symbol is like a pebble cast into a pond:It sends out ever wideningripples of meaning.8
9Symbols and ArtSymbols have been important to artists from the very earliest times. They often represent an idea or quality, for example the colour white usually stands for purity and the lion makes us think of courage.Because works of art don't usually include words, symbols are used in order to tell the viewer a message or even a story. When we look at a painting, we probably miss most of its meaning. This is especially true today, as we are not always aware of symbols which were understood in the past.