|Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) The Nightmare|
I read that “understanding symbolism deepens the meaning and enhances the reading of many great literary works including short stories, novels and poetry.”
Some symbols may be obvious and some may be more subtle or hidden so that the reader must really think and study the work to grasp the author's true meaning.One of the websites I found says that “Writers may also use symbolism to allude to a mood or feeling without coming out and stating that particular emotion. For example, a writer might use the symbol of a lily to represent purity or a ray of sunshine to represent hope.”
Examples of Common Literary Symbols:
Authors Known for their Use of Symbolism:Edgar Allan Poe
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do you use symbolism in your stories? Do you think symbolic imagery is necessary to deepen your story?