Symbolism in Literature

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Symbolism in Literature by Mind Map: Symbolism in Literature

1. NATURAL ELEMENTS

1.1. RIVERS

1.1.1. fluidity of life, stream of life and death

1.2. WATER

1.2.1. washes away guilt, origin of life, regeneration, vehicle of cleansing

1.3. MOON

1.3.1. changing and returning shape, feminine symbol

1.4. SUN

1.4.1. source of light, heat and life; a masculine symbol

1.5. CAVERN

1.5.1. the maternal womb

1.6. MOUNTAIN

1.6.1. places where heaven and earth meet; stability, safety, often symbolic of human pride

1.7. RUBIES

1.7.1. represents good fortune; it was believed that they banished sorrow and warded off evil spirits

1.8. SAPHIRES

1.8.1. contemplation, purity

1.9. SILVER

1.9.1. relates to the moon, to water and the female principle; it may also symbolize the object of all desires and the harm they cause

1.10. GOLD

1.10.1. the perfect metal; a reflection of heavenly light; it suggest the sun-fertility, wealth, dominion; it is a male principle

1.11. PEARL

1.11.1. with water, they may be regarded as symbols of knowledge and wealth

2. COLOR

2.1. RED

2.1.1. immoral; the color of the life principle, blood, passion, emotion, danger, or daring; often associated with fire

2.2. BLACK

2.2.1. seen as a cold and negative aspect suggesting passivity, death, ignorance, or evil; black hens are used in witchcraft as are black cats

2.3. WHITE

2.3.1. innocence, life, light, purity, or enlightenment

2.4. GREEN

2.4.1. inexperience, hope; new life, immaturity; a combination of blue and yellow, it mediates between heat and cold and high and low; it is a comforting, refreshing human color; it is the color of plant life

2.5. YELLOW

2.5.1. rotting, heat, decay, violence, decrepitude, old age, and the approach of death

2.6. BLUE

2.6.1. cool, calm, peaceful; an insubstantial color in the real world except as translucency, the void of heavens

2.7. PINK

2.7.1. innocence, femininity

2.8. PURPLE

2.8.1. royalty, bruising or pain

2.9. BROWN

2.9.1. a color somewhere between russet and black; it is the color of earth and ploughed land and soil, it represents humility and poverty

2.10. ORANGE

2.10.1. symbolizes the point of balance between the spirit and the libido; it may be the emblem of divine love or extreme lust

2.11. VIOLET

2.11.1. composed of red and blue, it is the color of temperance, clarity of mind

3. NATURE

3.1. SEASONS

3.1.1. WINTER

3.1.1.1. death, sleep, hibernation, or stagnation

3.1.2. SPRING

3.1.2.1. birth, new beginning

3.1.3. SUMMER

3.1.3.1. maturity, knowledge

3.1.4. FALL

3.1.4.1. decline, nearing death, growing old

4. PLANTS

4.1. FLOWERS

4.1.1. beauty, youth, strength, gentleness

4.2. WEEDS

4.2.1. evil (hemlock, pigweed, etc), wildness/outcasts of society

5. DIRECTIONS

5.1. NORTH

5.1.1. is the side which lies on the sun’s right hand and lies on either side of life; it symbolizes night sky and night wind and is the home of the Moon and the Milky Way. North represents coldness, alienation, and hostility; it is the abode of death

5.2. SOUTH

5.2.1. is the side which lies on the Sun’s left hand and is the hand of fire; represents warmth and comfort

5.3. EAST

5.3.1. and of birth or rebirth; of the Sun and Venus; it is associated with renewal, youth, feasting, song and love

5.4. WEST

5.4.1. is the land of evening, old age, and the descending passage of the sun