What’s This Really About? Identifying and interpreting symbolism in film

A symbol is a person, place, or object that represents meaning for something other than itself. Symbolism in film is what gives a movie layers and can turn a blockbuster or box office flop into a cult classic that is debated and discussed for decades. It’s not always easy to identify symbolism and underlying themes in a film or TV show and sometimes may take a couple viewings. Check out these slightly edited movie scenes that give a more obvious interpretation of their underlying message. Students can go over these images in class to demonstrate their ability to interpret meaning in a story’s plot and overall theme.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.


For more examples, see the full article
If Movie Symbolism Was Way More Obvious
Lesson Plan

Choose a well known film from the images above.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, English, Film, Ninth, Television, Tenth

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