Symbol: something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign. I remember in my English class, didn't matter what year of high school I was in, I was told to high light things that were considered symbolic. It could be something like the sun, a river, a storm and sometimes it would be the mentioning of the Cross. I was soon astounded by the many symbols I found in just one book. I never realized how important symbols were as a writer's tool for telling a story. Even something as simple as colors completely changed the tone of the story! Symbols can portray themes, they can foreshadow, or subtly tell the reader relationships between characters. So here is your exercise. Write at least two paragraphs describing a scene where a symbol is involved. Make sure it relates to the story you're telling or the character that you're writing.