A symbol is a concrete object that is used by an author to represent an abstract thought or idea. For example, a rose can symbolize love, or a full moon can symbolize danger, depending on the context. In order to find a symbol, it is important to understand the entire plot and theme of the literature. Once you have identified these, you need to think about the repeated nouns that show up throughout the text. Using these nouns, start creating ideas that could be symbolism. Once you have a list of possible ideas, use the text to see if those ideas make sense.
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