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Grade 9
Sep 6, 2022

What is Symbolism? 

It is a figure of speech utilized when a creator needs to make a specific state of mind or feeling in a work of writing. It is the utilization of an article, individual, circumstance or word to address something different, like a thought, in writing.  

Symbolism is all over the place; symbolism exists at whatever point something is intended to address something different.  

Take a look a look at this example: 

In his poem “Fire and Ice,” Robert Frost utilizes symbolism to indicate to readers how the world may be destroyed. 

Some of them say the world will end in fire, 


Some of them say in ice. 

From what I’ve tasted of want 

I hold with the people who favor fire. 

Yet, assuming it needed to die two times, 

I think I know enough of disdain 


To say that for obliteration ice 

Is likewise incredible 

Furthermore, would do the trick. 

Types of Symbolism 


A comparison between two not at all like things without utilizing the words ‘ like ‘ or ‘ as ‘. 

The expression ‘ time is money ‘ is an illustration of a similitude contrasting time with cash. 

Money and time are two unique things; this is an illustration of Symbolism. 

Other examples:  

  • All the Universe a stage, and all the men and women merely players. 
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  
  • “I am the shepherd, and I lay down my life for the sheep. 


It is a continued metaphor. An allegory can be a complete story, poem or book with Symbolism that continues throughout the literary work. 

In the novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, animals on a ranch are utilized to address the event paving the way to the Russian transformation. The animals on the homestead address what avarice and not having worry for others mean for upheaval. In writing, writers frequently utilize various images to address a specific idea. All through different types of writing, the accompanying images may be utilized to make significance in a story. 


Darkness is frequently used to address something awful, like passing or insidiousness.


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