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 a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.
To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.