Lesson 6: Symbolism

Essay Question

From stories you know (movies count), think of three things that become symbols by “accumulating meaning”—in other words, not conventional symbols like wedding rings or stop signs, but symbols that “work” only in the context of the particular story. An example would be the tree in the Radleys’ yard, which symbolizes Boo’s unusual friendship with Scout and Jem. Trees don’t typically symbolize friendship, but this particular tree has “accumulated meaning” in the context of this particular story.