It does seem like modern fiction just “tells the story” without much symbolism. Is symbolism an older literary device, like excessive description, that is not used much any more? Do you think there was as much symbolism as English teachers seemed to think? What are some examples of symbolism from your reading?
Oh this one is making me think very early this morning. I think that symbolism was much heavier in the classics. But I think if you look in the modern fictions that you will find it as well. I will use the Twilight Saga for a moment as it is hot right now, and it is one that I have mostly enjoyed
I believe the basic symbolism in the theme of the Saga is a time tested true one. Love conquers all. Bella and Edward face a lot of horrible differences, a little Romeo & Juliet to be sure but they overcome it all eventually. It also seems to remind people that you have a choice to be good or evil. Vampires I general are considered evil beings. But the Cullen’s have made a choice. That chose to be good, not to kill humans even in a fate that condemns them to a horrible craving they make a choice.
So yes, I think modern books can have symbolism. But I do not think it’s as present as it used to be.