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Story Check-In: Symbols

  • What is a symbol?
  • How do we interpret symbols?
  • What stories use symbols most often?
  • Who makes a symbol, author, audience or both?
  • Symbolism is Harry Potter, 2001 Space Odyssey, Dune, the Pearl, and to Kill a Mocking Bird

Story Check-In: Symbols

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Symbolism in Literature 0:16
  • What is a Symbol? 0:55
    • Example: Victoria
    • Example: Celtic Cross
    • Example: Radiation Warning
  • What Kinds of Stories Use Symbols? 3:23
    • Definition of a Symbol
  • Who Makes the Symbols? 5:30
    • Author Assigns Symbols
    • Example: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter
    • Example: Stanley Kubrick and 2001 Space Odyssey
    • Audience Assigns Despite Author
    • Example: To Kill a Mockingbird and Huck Finn
  • What is a Symbol? 10:28
    • Examples
  • How Do You Find a Symbol? 11:17
    • Plot Device
    • Does It Show Up at Climax?
    • Characters in the Story Recognize it as a Symbol
  • Analyzing a Few Symbols 14:29
    • Snakes in Harry Potter
    • 'The Spice' in the Dune Series
    • 'IT' at the end of Wrinkle in Time
  • Wrap Up 17:45