Symbolism In Literature

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Many pieces of literature have different literary terms like themes, plots, and symbols all in one story. In these poems and story, they all show symbols in their stories. Symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character (“Symbolism”). Different types of symbols include the color pink representing love, a crow could represent death. “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Traveling Through the Dark” by William Stafford, and “The Lottery by Shirley Jackson” all show a symbol of loss in different ways. To begin with, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar is a story about people who hide their true emotions behind masks. …show more content…
This poem displays the loss of life by one’s own hand. An overview about this poem says “Cory kills himself for some unspecified reason, perhaps a spiritual emptiness or alienation from his fellow human beings” (“Explanation of: “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson”). This quote explains how Richard Cory just took his own life for no reason. Mr. Robinson states in his poem “And he was rich- yes richer than a king- and admirably schooled in every grace” (Lines 9-10). This quote explains how Richard Cory had money, had the best education anyone can have, also in the poem everyone wants to be like him because of how well off his life is. Mr. Robinson also states in his poem “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night went home and put a bullet through his own head” (Lines 15-16). This quote just explains how for no reason, Richard Cory put a bullet through his own head. This poem shows that even though Richard Cory had everything and everyone wanted to be like him, he was disconnected form life and ended up losing his life by his own life. This poem shows loss of life by one’s own hand but “Traveling Through the Dark” by William Stafford shows the loss of life in a different …show more content…
The author in this poem gives the character in this poem a tough choice, weather to move the deer off the road into a river, or try to save the fawn in the deer’s stomach. An overview of the poem states “Traveling Through the Dark” focuses on the parallels between physical swerving (line 4) and mental swerving (line 17), between a literal loss of control and a figurative loss of mental control caused by doubt” (“Traveling Through the Dark”). This quote states that the character wants to do one thing, but then all of the sudden wants to do something completely differently. A quote in the poem states “My fingers touching her side brought me the reason- her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, alive, still, never to be born” (Lines 9-11). The character in the poem has discovered a dead deer on a narrow road with a fawn in her stomach that is still alive. The poem also states “I thought hard for us all- my only swerving- then pushed her over the edge into the river” (Lines 17-18). The character ultimately decides to push the dead deer into the river removing it from the road but also killing the fawn that was in her stomach. “Traveling Through the Dark” show the loss of life as well, but this time it shows it when the character in the poem can kill the fawn or try to save it, its life is taken by

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