Fear not, writing and literary fans! Good Words returns and we tackle Symbols and Metaphors.
My apologies for the delay in continuing the series. The demands on my time this semester have been more intense because of my course load and have kept me away from my computer. Thankfully, summer is on the horizon and a lighter workload for me.
But! This episode is wonderful. Evan and I take on these two concepts and give some great definitions and examples.
Symbols / Symbology
An image or object that represents a larger, more abstract idea.
From Merriam Webster: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money)
We discuss where and how symbols and metaphors are effectively used, importance of not overusing symbols, and note that symbols are culturally bound and may have different definitions from what you are expecting as a writer and as a reader.
In short, symbols are complex and awesome.
Tune in next time for more Good Words!
Regina & Evan
Who are some authors you think effectively use symbols? Have you read Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums? Name an overused symbol you hate. Let us know in the comments!
Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.