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Sec 2 e symbolism and theme

  1. 1. Symbolism and Theme in LiteratureSecondary 2-Enriched English
  2. 2. SymbolismA symbol is athing thatrepresentssomethingelse.
  3. 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. 4. Religious Symbols
  5. 5. Mathematical Symbols
  6. 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. 7. Color Symbolism
  8. 8. Color Symbolism
  9. 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. 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. 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. 12. Now you try!Find the symbolism associated withthe image I will give you.
  13. 13. Theme
  14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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