Pack A Punch Mini-Project

by Mickaya Branstetter

Symbolism

The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities-

Why use it? Using symbolism helps explain an idea better than just saying it. When you use symbols it can help your reader understand what you're talking about, so it's always good to use symbols. Ex: Using a gun to show power.


1. A rainbow symbolizes hope and good things that are coming in William Wordsworth’s “My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold”

2. The moon to represents fatigue, loneliness, useless labor and unrequited love in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To the Moon”

3. A river shows memories lost in A. E. Housman’s “XXIII”

4. A withered leaf symbolizes aging in The Archpoet’s “His Confession”

5. Winds symbolize unpredictable, destructive power of nature in The Archpoet’s “His Confession”

Tone

The attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.

Why use it? You should use tone so you can show the reader how the story should make you feel or should make you think.


1. “I’m so glad that jerk was fired; now I won’t have to deal with him anymore.” Vs. “It’s terrible that Tony was let go; he was such a great colleague!”

2. “The movie was amazing! I was laughing so hard I cried!” Vs. “You can only watch infantile humor for so long before you want to punch yourself in the face.”

3. “The principal just called to say that our son was in a fight. I can’t believe he would do that.” Vs. “I’m proud of Billy for sticking up for himself. That bully had it coming.”

4. “I’m so excited that he called! I’ve been hoping to hear from him.” Vs. “Why is that weirdo calling me again after all this time?”

5. “I want to ask the authorities what is the big deal? Why do not they control the epidemic? It is eating up lives like a monster.”