Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 10th grade April 2001

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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," Guy de Maupassant's, "The Necklace," and in Ray Bradbury's, "The Veldt." 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." 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," and went out into the yard with his family following. There in the yard they saw a "great big red bird" who had died from its l