Symbolism is defined as when a person, place, thing or event stands for something beyond itself. While symbolism cannot be found until one has finished a story, once a reader has realized what a person, place, thing or event symbolizes, it is a very important aspect of that story. Although symbolism does not occur in all stories, when it does, it often helps to reveal the theme. Sometimes a reader may not totally understand the symbolism. This is certainly the case with symbolism and theme in James Hurst's, "The Scarlet Ibis,"ÃÂ Guy de Maupassant's, "The Necklace,"ÃÂ and in Ray Bradbury's, "The Veldt."ÃÂ The symbolism in all three of these stories helps to reveal the author's message to the reader.
Symbolism helps to create the theme in the short story, "The Scarlet Ibis."ÃÂ Doodle was a sick young boy who everyone thought would not live through his first winter as a baby.
Doodle, however, lived through many winters proving everyone wrong. He eventually learned to walk, swim, and even how to row a boat. In the middle of this story, Doodle heard a bird "croaking,"ÃÂ and went out into the yard with his family following. There in the yard they saw a "great big red bird"ÃÂ who had died from its l