Symbolism : The Raven, By Edgar Allen Poe

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There is a lot more to writing than what meets the eye, exceptional writers often hide key information within their work for the readers to discover. It forces people to read between the lines, and find a deeper meaning of the story. Readers may not notice these hidden messages at first, but when they realize their importance, they gain a greater understanding of the work. Generally, authors mask important messages about their work behind objects, themes, ideas and characters in the story. These are also known as symbols. Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify important ideas or qualities by giving them more complex meanings, which are different from their literal sense. Symbolism gives people a more thorough understanding of the work, and is an important skill developed by writers. There are many famous examples of symbolism throughout the history of literature, such as Harry’s scar in the Harry Potter series, which represents a badge of honour, or the black bird in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”, which symbolizes loss and death. But very few authors use symbolism as effectively as Sinclair Ross did, in his famous short story “The Lamp at Noon.” Ross symbolizes objects, and personifies them in a way that they feel like actual characters to the reader. She explores symbolism through three key tokens that carry a great importance throughout the story, the atmosphere in which Ellen and Paul live, the lamp, and the wind. These three essential symbols are used to reflect the…

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