Symbols hold power over us, right? Don’t we prefer certain body shapes or high numbers in a bank account because they signify a higher societal status, or the ability to manipulate worldly goods? (We can go deeper than that, but I’ll stick with those because they’re obvious). To me that means that if there’s a deeper (often unstated) significance behind symbols, then the adept use of symbols can trigger a bone-deep flush of meaning. From what I’ve seen, whoever’s being triggered doesn’t even have to fully understand what is happening to them, or why. They simply enjoy drinking in that significance.
What do you think a writer does? 😉