We discussed the information below in class surrounding common symbols in Literature. Here's the information if you want to access it.
1. Colours: Colours often play a role in stories. Usually they represent emotions like love, anger, or sadness. Red is a passionate color that can symbolize love, anger, or passion. Blue can mean tranquility, peace, sadness, and in some cases fear. Yellow can mean spring, like turning over a new leaf, or it can symbolize sunlight or light. Shades of greens and browns can be used for nature, peace, and to give off a sense of hospitality, unless the browns are used in images of deserts which would symbolize a’ death in nature.’
2. Water: It can be religious, like baptism, it can mean purification, or it can even mean death (in instances like drowning).
3. Fire: Fire can represent anger, passion, love, pain or death. It is a symbol used in some cases for rebirth or new life.
4. Night: Night can be used in connection to darkness and acts as a cover over the world and can be used to represent an ‘end of the road.’ It can represent peace or tranquility or it can be as simple as death and darkness concerning the usage of shadows.
5. Day: Literally the opposite of night. With day comes the rising of the sun, representing new life and light. It can be the new beginning for characters or an opportunity for starting over.
6. Light: Light is used for truth, enlightenment, safety, or it can be used as a holy image.
7. Dark: Is a symbols for darkness and hiding, meaning the character may be lying about something.