Symbol, Motif, Theme

Symbol, Motif, Theme

Symbol, Motif, Theme Three Important Devices: Know These Symbol: An object that represents something more significant that just itself Motif: A recurring element or idea; a phrase; image; repetition of

similar symbols; repetition of an issue/attitude Theme: Overall insight the author hopes to convey through the text about the real world; since its a message, it must be a full sentence Quick Review: Which of the answers below satisfies the definition for a theme?

The glass slipper Good typically prevails over evil Good vs. evil Spontaneous friendship Motif Example--In Star Wars: Recurring SOUNDS

Each character gets his/her own theme music The audience recognizes these melodies and can anticipate a good This motif helps to establish yet another motif --> good vs. evil Why should you care about motifs? Authors put them there on purpose Motifs reveal the significant elements of the text that you are

investigating Motifs are stepping stones to identifying the themes of the book you are reading And, themes are the whole reason we read! How do I identify a motif on my own?

Identify a pattern or recurring idea in the text Track that pattern as you read (always annotating, always thinking) Draw conclusions about that pattern as you learn significant details How do symbols, motifs, and themes work together?

Notice that there are MANY symbols, SOME motifs, but very FEW themes. Think about Of Mice and Men What are some symbols (objects that represent something more significant that just themselves)? What are some motifs? A recurring element or idea; a phrase; image;

repetition of similar symbols; repetition of an issue/attitude What is a theme, based on the symbols and motifs you noticed? One more way to solidify your thinking on symbol, motif, and theme. Look closely at the following picture.

What is the/a symbol in this photo? Time Clocks The human obsession with time is unnatural in

the natural world. What is a/the motif? Time Clocks The human

obsession with time is unnatural in the natural world. What is the/a theme?

Time Clocks The human obsession with time is unnatural in the natural

world. What MOTIFS emerge from these four paintings by Edward Hopper?

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