Symbol & Image

IB English B: Symbol & Image

We often talk about the symbolism and the imagery used in novels, but these two terms are often used very loosely, even interchangeably – so what do we really mean by them? More specifically, how do we recognise a symbol and an image, and what distinctions can we make between them? In the process of reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, the concepts of symbol and image will be useful in interpreting the work successfully....

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