Symbolism in Literature (What could a lock symbolize??) Would the fact that it was locked or unlocked change you answer? What is a SYMBOL? Symbol: A person, place or object that represents something greater or beyond itself. A symbol allows people to communicate beyond the limits of language What do these symbols represent? Can the symbolic meaning of an object change based on personal significance? Billionaire vs. Beggar Choose a well known religious, national, or cultural symbol. Write a 5 sentence paragraph analyzing its meaning. Include the standard meaning, as well as your personal interpretation of the symbol.