Imaginary, Symbolic and Real. This three orders might not be easily graspable, but a visual metaphor should help. Imagine a photo,like this:
Your imaginary understanding of the picture would be that there is Salvador Dalí down there and a couple of women forming a skull-like human sculpture. Your Symbolic understanding would be to intellectually locate Dalí, and that this picture of group of women was used for the thriller/horror movie’s poster, namely The Silence of the Lambs:
on the butterfly, one can identify the picture
And the third order(Real) gives us no chance to visualize itself. Because it is what we can NOT observe, something, which is outside of our perceptual apparatus. It is on the picture, but we can NOT locate this perspective.
The Real is -though can not be represented or be integrated into the Symbolic, we might have a chance to illustrate the connection between the Symbollic and the Real. As Žižek points out, the interwining position of the two is represented by Malevich’s painting Black Square. The painting represents the kernel of the Real (white field), the center of which there is the black square – the sinthome– around which cohere the other three orders.