|white rose = purity, plastic = fake|
- The woman is corrupted but presents herself as pure.
- The woman is pure
- the woman is potentially pure, but in danger of being corrupted
These features add depth to the work. So the writer must examine their work for those universal symbols that our readers will catch consciously or subconsciously, thus providing greater depth of characterization and perhaps conflict of character.
Symbols to consider:
- occupations (general: cabinet maker, hero, prince, clock maker)
- shapes of features (narrow set eyes denote criminals, large eyes innocence)
I used the name Miranda for one of my characters because I liked the added connotation of knowledge and wisdom that went with the name. Vivian, an overly attentive mother, for its closeness to vivacious, and Misty, Miranda's daughter, because of both her internal conflict over her relationship with her father and his conflict about being a single father.
What symbols have you made use of in your work? What symbols have you seen used by other writers in the works you have read?