During my ZIP research project, I have encountered some ups and downs, as my topic is a little vague and easy to answer. My question at first is “how do the use of symbolism enhance novels”. But after I decided to change it because there is not an appropriate way to actually show my learning. Now, my question is “what makes something symbolic”, this is a more likely reasonable and I can show my work by describing the symbolism in the short story we’ve read. At first, I am frustrated about how to narrow my topic so it will be capable to search because showing symbolism in books people have not read isn’t really a good idea. Despite of the downs, I also have made a good progress researching about symbolism in literature. I find that it can appear in many forms as metaphor or allegory. During my research, I am also becoming interested in Shakespeare’s work as it pops up quite often.