Conditions of Use
Symbolism is the use of symbols in order to represent something. Symbolism enables the writer to convey images directly to the mind of the reader - it serves almost like an emotional short-cut. In other words, the use of symbolism produces same feeling as music. The message of the song doesn’t appear in the lyrics directly. But it conjures up images and makes people think in different ways even though it’s the same song. Also symbolism is the way of saying phrase in fancy way.
For example, in a book call “Chanda’s Secret” there is a part where Chanda says “when he drinks, he’s whole other person. He falls down, he stinks, and worst of all he cheats on Mama.” And Esther goes “lots of man cheat. All over the world.” Then Chanda say “how do you know?” and Esther answer “I just do.” When you read this paragraph, first it makes you think what it means. Personally I think the author trying to say that Esther flirts with lot of boys and she knows that many man cheats on girl. Then, the time you realize what it means, you start to have an interests and sink in the mood of the book. That is other reason why writers use symbols to represent their message.
There are many example of symbolism in every book. Therefore I am going to introduce couples of example I found in “Chanda Secret.”
One, in page 18 at the middle of the page there are a conversation going on with Chanda and her mom. “Don’t Cry, Chanda.” Mama whispered calmly. “Never let them see you cry” in my point of view, what Chanda’s mom trying to say is that ‘it is humiliating and ashamed to be live in the street and kicked out of the house. But more we show them our weakness, the more they are going to hurt us and make fool out of ourselves. So being brave or at least pretend to be brave is what we can do the best.’ that is what the author trying to say as well. In addition to there is another part where the author is giving us same message. “I suppose its fine to cry in here, just two of us.” “but be careful when we welcome visitors” Like I said before, the author is trying to point out his/her opinion about how much Chanda and her mom be ashamed about their life and everything around them that is going on right now.
Two, when Chanda’s precious sister, Sara died it was a big issue that they have to get through. But meanwhile Mrs. Tafa makes them get even more desperate and mad. “Take comfort, Lillian. The poor thing’s out of her misery.” Said Mrs. Tafa. “The poor thing?” I wanted to hit her. The author is giving us a picture of how means Mrs. Tafa is to Chanda and Mama. In the mean time she makes clear that Mrs. Tafa knows how miserable life they are living in. in fact everybody knows that they are having terrible time getting through lots of unfortunate events.
Finally, I found symbolism in a part where Chanda makes jokes and Mama just laugh with her forgetting it is kind of mean. “Besides, he’s probably happy to get Mrs. Tafa out of his hair. Even happier that he doesn’t have to watch her drive.” “Chanda,” Mama laughs, “you shouldn’t say things like that ” “why not?” I laugh back. “It’s the truth. If he knew how she tears around in his company truck, he’d have a heart attack.” In first sentence, it tells me that Mrs. Tafa was being bossy and annoying to Mr. Tafa. Then as everyone knows Mrs. Tafa is the scariest driver in whole world.
In conclusion, many authors uses symbols to symbolize their message in interesting way so that when readers are reading their book they won’t get bored and keep discovering the mystery of every single sentence.
Article posted March 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM •
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