In literature, symbolism refers to using specific symbols to help represent something else, whether it is an idea or quality. Through this literary element, the different symbols allow readers to better understand and in... More »

Symbolism is a literary device found in all genres of literature, including children's literature. Many children's stories feature physical objects that act as symbols, carrying a deeper meaning beyond their literal defi... More »

Symbolism in literature is an object, person, action or situation that has both a literal and additional meaning. For example, in Christian literature, a tree may symbolize Christ's execution cross. More »

Symbolism in literature is an object, person, action or situation that has both a literal and additional meaning. For example, in Christian literature, a tree may symbolize Christ's execution cross. More »

The symbols in the short story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield are Miss Brill's fur, the box that houses the fur, the young woman in the ermine toque and the orchestra. The fur that Miss Brill wears is a symbol of he... More »

In literature, a motif is a pattern of symbols or ideas that repeats throughout a work. A motif serves to express part of the work's overall theme. More »

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In "The Scarlet Ibis," the ibis itself and the color red are the main symbols within the short story. The ibis represents the narrator's special needs brother, and the color red symbolizes death. More »