Symbolism

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Introduction

Henrik Johan Ibsen was born on 20 March 1828. He was known as a major 19th century Norwegian playwright, theatre director and a poet. He is often referred to as “the father of realism”. A doll house was based on the life of Laura Kieler a good friend of Ibsen.

Symbolisms in literature

Symbolism is when the author uses an object or reference to add deeper meaning to a story. Symbolism in literature can be subtle or obvious, used sparingly or heavy-handedly. An author may repeatedly use the same object to convey deeper meaning or may use variations of the same object to create an overarching mood or feeling. Symbolism is often used to support a literary theme in a subtle manner. (http://www.life123.com/parenting/education/children-reading/what-is-symbolism-in-literature.shtml) Symbolism in literature was used to clarify things or deeper storyline that can be understood by the readers. Understanding of the symbolisms is dependent on a person’s thinking as an example who had experienced failure in their life may think that black colour is associated with failure, but for those who succeed in life maybe think that black is a symbol of valor. In literature symbolisms can be defined as some elements of the story for example like a person, object, or location actually represents something else that has deeper meaning.

Thus, symbolism plays a major role in literature. Using symbolism we can show something without actually saying it. It gives the meaning straight to the heart and mind of the audience.

Two examples of the use of symbolisms

The example of the use of symbolisms can be found in Snow White fairy tale. The colour of her skin can be described as white as a snow. It can be representing faith, joy, gladness, purity, and innocence. Furthermore white, as emphasized in her name, defines her personality and demeanor as pure and innocent. Snow is seen as a purifying element that covers the world in white which is good and...
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