Literary Perspective - Symbolism

Symbolism (Outlook Co.)
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A literary symbol is a material object that takes on psychological significance, whereas a metaphor involves the comparison of an entity, a place, or an event to a personality or a character’s behavior. Critics agree on definition, but an individual may evaluate a work of fiction and come up with a unique opinion, rather than a written-in-stone analysis.

In a story, the protagonist makes decisions influenced by the dominance of this symbol.