The Symbolism Survey

The question comes up in class every year: How do we know the author intended the symbols that we analyze in class? One student in the ’60s took this question to incredible lengths, sending out a symbolism questionnaire to 150 of the top authors of the mid-twentieth century, with surprising results.

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  1. We try to analyze the symbols by comparing them to other object that the author compares them to. For example, in “The Great Gatspy” the author compares the green light to a star, which shows that the green light is symbolize as a guide and hope to guide Gatspy.

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