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  • 1. Symbolism and Theme in LiteratureSecondary 2-Enriched English
  • 2. SymbolismA symbol is athing thatrepresentssomethingelse.
  • 3. SymbolismWhat can be a symbol?• Objects• Pictures• Words• Sounds• Numerals• Music• ArtIf it has an image or if itproduces a feeling, it can beused as a symbol.
  • 4. Religious Symbols
  • 5. Mathematical Symbols
  • 6. International and National SymbolsMaple Leaf: Symbolizes thenature and environment ofthe country.Red bars: The Pacific andAtlantic Oceans thatborder the country.Colors-Red and White: Redsymbolizes the Englishinfluences and whitesymbolizes the Frenchinfluences.
  • 7. Color Symbolism
  • 8. Color Symbolism
  • 9. Symbolism in Writing• Symbolism is used to providemeaning to the writingbeyond what is actuallybeing described.• Plot and action are one levelin the story; symbolism isanother level.
  • 10. Why create symbols?Symbols allow writers tosuggest layers and layers ofmeaning-possibilities that asimple, literal statementcould never convey.A symbol is like a pebblecast into a pond:It sends out ever wideningripples of meaning.Why don’t writers don’t just come right out and say whatthey mean?
  • 11. Symbolism in WritingThe theme is represented on aphysical level.• Example: A storm occurring whenthere is a conflict or high emotions• Example: Transition from day tonight might = move from goodnessto evil
  • 12. Now you try!Find the symbolism associated withthe image I will give you.
  • 13. Theme
  • 14. ThemeWhat is the theme of a piece ofliterature?What makes a story linger in ourhearts and minds long after we’veread it? Often it is the idea onwhich the story is built—its theme.
  • 15. ThemeTheme—the central idea, or understanding, about lifeor human behavior that a story reveals.Living a simple life leads to greaterpersonal freedom.The deepest loneliness is sometimesfelt when we are among friends.
  • 16. ThemeIn most stories, the themeis not stated directly.Instead, it is revealed tous through thecharacters’ experiences.Example: Coyotitogetting stung by thescorpion what themecould that translate intoin The Pearl?Hint: Think of the songsthat Kino plays in hismind.
  • 17. ThemeDifferent writers from different culturesoften express similar themes.A theme is a generalization about lifeor human nature.Certain types of experiences arecommon to all people everywhere.
  • 18. ThemeStories• The Grasshopperand the Ant• Beauty and theBeast• The Three Little Pigs• The Ugly Duckling• The Frog PrinceIt pays to workhard and planahead.Appearances canbe deceiving.
  • 19. ThemeStories• The Grasshopperand the Ant• Beauty and theBeast• The Three Little Pigs• The Ugly Duckling• The Frog PrinceIt pays to workhard and planahead.Appearances canbe deceiving.