Today in lit class, as we went through the symbolism in some post-modernistic short story, something hit me. Does anyone think about stuff like this when writing a story? Just for fun, I took two of my more analyzable and “deep” short stories and analyzed them objectively as I would have done with a story in lit class. I noticed in one story that I used the color green a lot. Why did I do that? I knew personally it was because of the algae in the MC’s pond, a pond he was obsessed with. Then what did the algae represent? I had never thought about it. I couldn’t even answer it. The only symbolism I had actually thought about was when he believes one character is bleeding (green blood) from his hands, like stigmata. Do you think about symbolism and themes and what roles your characters play in the story (like foil)? I don’t even think about who the protagonists and antagonists are a lot of the time. I don’t like putting my characters in boxes like that. Is analyzing a good or a bad idea I wonder...?