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Symbol


Symbol Definition: a character, place, or object that represents an abstract idea or points to a theme


Authors use symbols to create a deeper meaning in their plot or characters, which often points to the larger theme or message. Symbolism adds depth and insight into sometimes simplified events or characters. They clue the reader into the fact that something bigger might be going on, and to pay close attention.
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