What Is Symbolism in Drama?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 11:07:10 AM ET
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Symbolism is a device in which an object, person or situation is given another meaning beyond its literal one--usually something more abstract or non-rational than the symbol itself. There are many kinds of symbols. Normally, dramatists weave clues into the work to indicate that certain elements are intended to be taken as symbolic.