Why do we use symbols

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Hello, my name is Anna and I hope you enjoy this video. Do the signs mean something to you? If so, then you have already recognized that each one is a symbol. And this video is about symbols. I will explain to you what exactly a symbol is, how to recognize a symbol, and how and why to use symbols. I will show you all of this using very different examples and you will be amazed at where we can find symbols everywhere. You should already have some previous knowledge of stylistic devices and rhetorical figures in general. If you are unsure, watch the overview video of the stylistic devices again. Let's start with an explanation of what a symbol is, i.e. a definition. We understand a symbol to be a symbol or a sign. As the name suggests, it is an image with a purpose. It refers to something general beyond itself. It is usually a concrete object, but in which a general context, i.e. a general meaning or idea, becomes visible. And the meaning it has has to be agreed to be understood. If we look again at the examples from just now, you will understand what is meant by this. The cross represents a concrete object. But we know that it is also a sign of faith or religion. The heart is a symbol of love. The dove represents the general idea of ​​peace. That means that we have a number of concrete objects here, each of which stands for a general meaning or idea and symbolizes something, such as faith, love or peace. And how are symbols used now? Let's now turn to their use. This video is primarily about the use of the symbol as a linguistic stylistic device. As such, we find the symbol, like other linguistic stylistic devices, in literature, for example in poems. The following example comes from the poem “Welcome and Farewell” by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Take a look to see if you can see which symbol he is using here. The first line reads: "My heart beat quickly on horseback!" Next follows the line “In my heart what embers!” And: “My heart was at your side”. As we know, the heart represents love. He uses it symbolically here. Goethe resolves this at the end of the poem with the following lines: “And yet, what luck to be loved! And love, gods, what luck. " But we would also have understood that he is in love if he hadn't revealed it. If you are to identify the symbol as a rhetorical stylistic device, the literary context is of course most important. But also in our everyday life we ​​use symbols and very often to communicate, because as we have already learned, symbols always have to be agreed with each other. So what meaning they have has to be agreed upon. When we send someone a heart in a message, we are showing them our love. But traffic signs are also symbols. But that's only by the way. And why are symbols used? Now we come to their function. To reiterate, the difficult thing about symbols is that you have to know them in order to understand them. They have to be learned once, so to speak, and agreed to meet with one another, otherwise they cannot be identified. Because sometimes one cannot easily recognize a connection between the sign and what is meant by it. Think of the traffic sign from earlier. But at the same time the special thing about the symbol becomes clear, because once it is clear what they mean, they can better describe what is meant than words. You can get to the heart of what has been said. Since the symbol is a sign, so in a certain way also an image, the statement can be presented more clearly. Attention, you have to be careful here! One can easily confuse the symbol with the allegory, a similar linguistic stylistic device. But it is not the same. Both stylistic devices belong to the style figures of the tropics. Tropics are always words or phrases that are not used in the actual sense, but in a figurative, figurative sense. So they illustrate what is communicated. Although both stylistic devices belong to the tropics, there are differences between them. The allegory is a concrete or figurative representation of abstract concepts. For example, the god Cupid can represent love. It is often a matter of personification, that is, a certain person stands for something. However, whole actions can also be represented allegorically. For example, in the Bible, parables are allegories. It is precisely here that the meaning can also be developed, even if it was not previously known. As we have seen, the symbol was always an object that indicated a general meaning beyond itself. So it represents something. It is always a symbol that represents a thing or an idea. For example, the heart is a symbol of love. The meaning of the symbol must be agreed. If you want to recognize a symbol in the future, then note the following bullet points: The symbol belongs to the linguistic stylistic devices of the tropics. The symbol is a symbol or a sign that refers to something general beyond itself. It is usually a concrete object, but in which a general context, i.e. a general meaning or idea, becomes visible. An example of a symbol is the heart, which represents love. Symbols are used because they can better describe what is meant than words. You can better get the point across. Since the symbol is a sign, so in a certain way also an image, the statement can be presented more clearly. I hope you understood everything and see you next time.