How do you know when something is being used as a symbol?

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How do you know when something is being used as a symbol?

May 26th, 2015

It can be said to exist at two levels - the literal and the metaphorical. Literal meaning is what is stated, what happens. Metaphorical meaning is about what can be inferred or interpreted. Bobby Despotovski, the Perth Glory soccer player recently gestured towards the soccer crowd during a game. Literally he made a gesture with his hand. Symbollically this gesture was interpreted as a Serbian salute, with associations of Bosnians being persecuted. It was suggested he was making this salute towards the Bosnians in the crowd.

The secondary meaning here lay only with those people who were familiar with this gesture. It was later suggested in defence of Despotovski that the gesture was a religious one.


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