Unit 7 - Symbolism and Allegory Public Symbols Public symbols are symbols that we know and recognize at once. They are ingrained in our _____________________. Examples: Wedding ring = _______________ Six pointed star = ______________ Cross = _____________________ Red Octagon = _________________ Symbols in Literature Literary symbol - an object, setting, event, animal, or even a person that functions in the story the way you would expect it to but also ___________________________________. Usually stands for something ____________________. Examples: love, hate, jealousy, dependence Example: LITERALLY, Equality invents the light box on his own, refuses to give it up, and escapes with it into the uncharted forest. It comes to SYMBOLIZE : __________________________. Associations Symbols work by association. Association is making a _______________ between two or more concepts Example: We associate spring with new flower buds and, therefore, with new _________ and _______________. Example: We associate winter with deterioration and, therefore, with _________________. We often associate…. Gardens with _________ Wastelands with ________________ Winter with _____________ Spring with fertility and _______________ Doves with ___________________ Ravens with __________ Symbols are NOT ____________________ As we read, we come to associate objects, characters, or settings with other qualities, but they are not equations. A literary symbol does not necessarily have just ONE_____________________ just as a story may have more than one _______________________. Example: Equality’s light box may be interpreted as symbolizing ____________________, independence, human reason, the rationality of the human mind, etc. When interpreting a symbol, we must be able to justify our claim with _______________________________________. Symbols involve reading between the lines Symbols are… A) suggested by the _____________ B) interpreted by the ________________ Example: Anthem can be read on a literal level as an adventure story; however, Rand intended readers to ponder the symbolism of objects and settings (the light box, the uncharted forest, Equality’s new home, etc.) to form a deeper meaning. Symbols add depth and intrigue to the literature – give the reader something to ponder. Context The ________________________ of a symbol can change its meaning. In one story, a chain may symbolize ________________. In another, it may symbolize ___________________. It depends on when, where, and how it is used in the story. Not every story is rich in symbolism Avoid attaching symbolism where it is not there. Look for objects, characters, or settings that reappear throughout the story and is identified with something other than itself. Allegory A story, poem, or picture that uses symbols to reveal a hidden _______________________. Contains both a literal and symbolic meaning Types: ______________________ - animals symbolize vices and virtues in order to teach a practical lessons about how to succeed in life. ______________________- (in the Bible) are used to teach a lesson about ethics or morality.