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Here are some examples of symbolism split up by category. 

Metaphors: A metaphor is a figure of speech that uses symbolism.  

Time is money

Life is a roller-coaster

He is a rock

Love is a jewel

Allegory as symbolism: Allegory is an extended use of symbolism and metaphors.

“All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players;they have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts,” -Shakespeare

Symbolism in poetry 

“Ah Sunflower, weary of time, Who countest the steps of the sun; Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveler’s journey is done;” 

Everyday Symbolism 

Black is used to represent death or evil.

White stands for life and purity.

Red can symbolize blood, passion, danger, or immoral character.

Purple is a royal color.

Yellow stands for violence or decay.

Blue represents peacefulness and calm. 

*colors have different connotations in different cultures* 

Objects as symbolism

A chain can symbolize the coming together of two things.

A ladder can represent the relationship between heaven and earth or ascension.

A mirror can denote the sun but when it is broken, it can represent an unhappy union or a separation. 

Read the study guide:
The Castle of Otranto

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