Create a symbol and write a short essay or poem on what the symbol means.

Essay Using a Symbol

In this writing assignment, you will incorporate a symbol into a piece of writing. Create a symbol and write a short essay on what the symbol means. This should be a piece of short fiction using the symbol as the central focus in the essay or a poem either using the symbol as a focus or describing the symbol’s meaning. Your essay or short fiction should be from five to seven paragraphs long or the poem should be from twelve to sixteen lines. Be sure you have:

  • Created a symbol that is appropriate for what it is symbolizing
  • Expanded the idea of the symbol so that you show many facets of it (A mockingbird in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird was used because it was helpless and vulnerable and only brought joy and good feelings to people – a symbol of the situation of African American man, Tom Robinson living in a Southern town during the 1930’s and 40’s).
  • Have a beginning, a middle and an end of in your short fiction—include exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.