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Woman writing in journal on seaside of Italy.
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Definition: A symbol is a person, place, or thing comes to represent an abstract idea or concept -- it is anything that stands for something beyond itself.
Examples:
The character of the madwoman in the attic in the novel "Jane Eyre" is identified in Jean Rhys's "Wide Sargasso Sea" as a symbol for women's hidden rage.

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