by Anna Steffl
Grab a pencil and paper. We’re taking a test. It’ll be enlightening AND fun, I promise.
Instructions: Jot down answers. Don’t read the text following the picture, or any of the blog comments, until you’ve finished writing your answers. Ready?
1. Name a color. Write three adjectives that describe the color.
2. Name an animal. Write three adjectives that describe the animal.
3. Name a body of water. Write three adjectives that describe the body of water.
4. Imagine you’re in a white room without windows or doors. Write three adjectives describing how you feel about being in the room.
Be a nice blog-reader and enter your answers in the comment section.
Here’s what your answers “mean.”
1. How you view yourself.
2. How you think other people view you.
3. What sex is to you.
4. Your feelings about death.
Now you writers who are reading this, can you answer these questions for your characters? If you can, you’re staring into the glossy black eyes of the mother-of-all literary devices — symbolism. Do you use it? Consciously? Unconsciously? Care to share an example?
P.S. Thanks for commenting and letting me and your blog-friends get to know the symbolic you.