Okay, so I won’t have any scenes in the horse’s point-of-view or anything. I’m not that brave! Rather, a prized horse will play a part in the story. After all, not only the lives of people were affected by the SpanishCivil War.
As I research, it’s becoming clear to me that the woe of a four-legged creature is not only a good representation to the suffering of the Spanish nation, but there is a lot of symbolism going on.
For example, also playing a part in the story is Picasso’s famous painting Guernica, which he painted as an outcry to the Spanish Civil War. In the painting, two animals are part of the scene–a horse and a bull.
To me the bull has many representations of the Spanish culture and the way they cope with death. What other country has a bloody bullfight as their national sport? The horse, which also takes part in the bullfight, plays more of the victim role in the fight, and in the story.
Why am I tell you all this? Because unless you read this blog, you most likely would never know how much thought I, as a novelist, put into symbolism. You see, for these symbols to work they are painted in shades of gray. They do not stand out in the story. They will not be major plot points, yet–without the reader knowing it–both the bull and the horse will be used in interesting ways to evoke emotion. Or at least that is my plan!
For me, writing a novel involves taking concrete things such as research, plot, characters, and threading them together in interesting ways. When people read my novels they usually mention the people and the events. These things tug at their hearts, but in my opinion they do so because of the thought I put into other areas, such as symbolism, that don’t stand out and aren’t meant to.
More research for me today! And I’d love to hear your thoughts on symbolism in writing.
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