The tiger almost always represents hidden aspects of one’s own personality, normally those that frighten you. It is also the symbol of strength and aggressiveness. Because of this it is associated with the liberation of the basic instincts: plenty of energy that could turn against you. A domesticated tiger, in contrast, reflects the triumph of reason over passion. In the children’s poem “Tiger” by William Blake, the animal represents material existence. Its frightening character is the suffering that people experience when they lose their innocence.