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  1. 1. Symbols in a Novel
  2. 2. Symbolism or Symbols?
  3. 3. Symbolism or Symbols?A symbol is a simple thing or signthat can be recognised by everybody.However, not only in literature, asymbol always bares a deepermeaning or a big idea.
  4. 4. Symbolism or Symbols?A symbol is a simple thing or signthat can be recognised by everybody.However, not only in literature, asymbol always bares a deepermeaning or a big idea.Whenever a simple thing in anovel, like a red scarf, represents abig idea or something reallyimportant in a story, we talk aboutsymbolism.
  5. 5. Symbolism or Symbols?A symbol is a simple thing or signthat can be recognised by everybody.However, not only in literature, asymbol always bares a deepermeaning or a big idea.Whenever a simple thing in anovel, like a red scarf, represents abig idea or something reallyimportant in a story, we talk aboutsymbolism.
  6. 6. Symbolism or Symbols?A symbol is a simple thing or signthat can be recognised by everybody.However, not only in literature, asymbol always bares a deepermeaning or a big idea.Whenever a simple thing in anovel, like a red scarf, represents abig idea or something reallyimportant in a story, we talk aboutsymbolism.
  7. 7. Why do authors use symbolism?She was very glad when she realised that a newday dawned...dawn in this case has a double meaning:1)dawn = time of the day when light first appears in the sky, just before the sun rises2) dawn = symbol for a newbeginning➠ symbolism helps the author to reveal the big concepts under the surface of a story, like: death, love, dreams..by using simple things that stand for his or her big concepts.➠ symbolism makes stories more meaningful and interesting with fewer words!
  8. 8. How can you analyse a Symbol?
  9. 9. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:
  10. 10. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?
  11. 11. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a story
  12. 12. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a storyExample:
  13. 13. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a storyExample:What might the dying autumn leaf on the rightrepresent in a novel?
  14. 14. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a storyExample:What might the dying autumn leaf on the rightrepresent in a novel?cycle of life ➠ leaf is almost “dead“
  15. 15. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a storyExample:What might the dying autumn leaf on the rightrepresent in a novel?cycle of life ➠ leaf is almost “dead“ ⇣
  16. 16. How can you analyse a Symbol?Ask yourself two questions:1) What does the thing stand for in daily life?2) Apply its everyday meaning to the situation e.g. of a character in a storyExample:What might the dying autumn leaf on the rightrepresent in a novel?cycle of life ➠ leaf is almost “dead“ ⇣ fore-shadowing the death of a character
  17. 17. Stop and Think!Brainstorm:What might thunder &lightning symbolise in a novel?
  18. 18. Thinking aboutSymbols & Symbolism a well-known symbol of love & commitment: wedding rings
  19. 19. Thinking about Symbols & SymbolismSymbols and symbolism are not alwayscrystal clear to every reader. It very oftendepends on the symbols used and whatthey are connected with in our everday lifeor experience. a well-known symbol of love & commitment: wedding rings
  20. 20. Thinking about Symbols & SymbolismSymbols and symbolism are not alwayscrystal clear to every reader. It very oftendepends on the symbols used and whatthey are connected with in our everday lifeor experience.Reading and analysing literature oftenmeans that different readers have differentopinons about and perceptions of symbols.Discussing the various attitudes helps to a well-known symbol of love & commitment:gain a new and maybe deeper under- wedding ringsstanding of what you have read.
  21. 21. Symbol or Image???http://www.ohmidog.com/2009/05/17/its-raining-cats-and-dogs-at-barcs/
  22. 22. Symbol or Image???An image is supposed to appeal to thereader‘s imagination. It is intended to http://www.ohmidog.com/2009/05/17/its-raining-cats-and-dogs-at-barcs/bring a new feeeling or perception toan object.
  23. 23. Symbol or Image???An image is supposed to appeal to thereader‘s imagination. It is intended to http://www.ohmidog.com/2009/05/17/its-raining-cats-and-dogs-at-barcs/bring a new feeeling or perception toan object.Images are often conveyed by the authorby figurative language: metaphors andsimiles.
  24. 24. MetaphorA metaphor links seemingly unlikethings with one another in the form of animplicit comparison.
  25. 25. SimileA simile links two distinctly differentthings with one another in the form of anexplicit comparison through the wordslike or as.
  26. 26. Famous Symbols inLiterature...only a few ✓Colours ✓ Buildings/Rooms ✓ Settings: village/town/countryside summer/autumn/winter/spring ✓ Plants: trees/flowers ✓ Weather Situations: bright light/thunderstorm & lightning ✓ Animals ✓...

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