In The Educated Imagination the chapter Giants in Time is based on Frye’s idea of literary symbolism, where he finds his answer to the question ” What kind of reality does literature have?” ( pg. 61) He uses Shakespeare’s plays as an example to support his answer with him portraying if literature is based on real or unreal facts.
In supporting his answer Frye also uses the examples of events that occured in a particular work such as a poem and the realistic nature of the characters name in several literary works. Also, he describes how to define a ” symbol” in a literary sense. He uses the connection of the concept of natural and human correspondence and a writers usage of ” an image, or objeect from the world around him. ” (pg 66) The way that Frye breaks down his idea was interesting because he uses many examples of literary characters, poets, and plays to support his thoughts towards literary symbolism.