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Harris 1 Jake Harris Dr. Constance E. Holmes ENC 1102-78013 April 6, 2016 Symbolism in Literature Symbolism in literature is something, someone, ore somewhere in a story or poem that has another meaning other than its literal meaning. Many authors use symbols to convey the theme of their short story, poem, or novel. Characters and their speech and actions can be symbols. Various objects, such as trees, a shoe, or chairs can be symbolic. The place a story takes place can also be symbolic. Literary symbols can be characters, settings, or objects. The characters in stories and poems can be symbolic. Not only can the character be a symbol, but its actions can be symbolic as well. For example, in “A & P” by John Updike, Mr. Lengel is a symbol of disrespect because he viciously takes the three girls’ innocence away from them. While he is a symbol of disrespect, the three girls are symbols of innocence because they parade around the grocery store in their bathing suits without a feeling of guilt or impurity. Along with symbolism in characters, symbolism is also found in the setting of a story.
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