A symbol is literary device that contains several layers of meaning, often concealed at first sight, and is representative of several other aspects, concepts or traits than those that are visible in the literal translation alone. Symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.

The phrase “a new dawn” does not talk only about the actual beginning of a new day but also signifies a new start, a fresh chance to begin and the end of a previous tiring time.

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    1. A metaphor will be a single sentence (sometimes more) that compares two things. A symbol usually won’t be expressed in a short amount of time and it usually won’t be said explicitly.

    1. Motifs are abstract: fear, love, power, anger–or semi-abstract: water, hair…

      Symbols are concrete: color white = innocence, bluebird = love, daisy = youth.
      If you find a motif of water, a symbol might be a baptism in the Rio Grande or a rainstorm attached to character emotion / if you find a motif of hair, a symbol might be the protagonist wears bangs which skew his vision of life.

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  2. Harry Potter
    Symbols can also foreshadow something in a piece of literature such as:

    The Grim–death or terrible/tragic misfortunes

    The Grim in Harry’s cup foreshadowed the fights w/ Voldemort, the death eaters, loss of friends, etc. but it also foreshadowed Sirius Black.

    Sirius could transform into a black wolf that looked highly similar to the grim.

        1. No, Harry Potter is absolutely the most horrid and ambitious thing in the world that someone could ever come up with.

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