Answered By: James Whitmer
Last Updated: May 28, 2020     Views: 0

A symbol is a literary technique that uses some element of the text, usually an object, animal, number, or color, to represent a concept that is much more significant than the element itself. You can often tell if something is a symbol by how often it occurs in the text, how important it is to the plot, and/or how much it resonates with the message of the story. An important consideration, however, is that the symbolic meaning of an element can vary by culture or belief system, so one should be careful to look at the context of the symbol's use before determining what it likely represents.

Some examples of symbols are

  • a book symbolizing travel and imagination,
  • a lion symbolizing royal dignity and power,
  • the number thirteen symbolizing misfortune, and
  • the color red symbolizing passion or desire.

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