Symbols in Skellig

What do the following things have in common?

* Birds
* Skeletons and bones
* The Archaeopteryx
* Nests and eggs
* Wings
* Poems
* Chinese food (27 and 53 anyone?)
* Aspirin
* Arthritis

No idea?  Well, before we started reading ‘Skellig’ by David Almond, Grade 8 students attempted to make some connections as a way of predicting what this novel would be about.  Now, as we are reading the novel, we are starting to notice some of these symbols popping up quite frequently.  What do they mean?  Why did David Almond decide to put these things into his book?

If a symbol (or idea) recurs throughout a story, it is known as a motif.  These two literary devices can point the way towards suggested themes and messages within a text.  As we approach the end of the novel, keep an eye out for these important symbols and motifs and think to yourself: “What is the significance of this?  Why did David Almond include it in his story?”

If you happen to notice other symbols or motifs as we read, make a comment below!

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