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    what is the difference?
    I know an allegory is a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning but I don't know the difference between the other two :/ please help!!!
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    Can anyone help me??


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    Hi,

    I think the best way that I can explain is by giving examples to explain the difference.
    An example of a metaphor would be 'But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad' - Hamlet. So here, obviously the morning does not wear clothing, it is a metaphor for the rising sun and colour of dawn. The metaphor is determined by the context and explained by the text.

    A symbol can be much more succinct. It can be a single thing (usually an object but not always) that is not directly given meaning through comparison such as a simile or metaphor. The meaning of a symbol is created by the context in which the symbol is used-the reader can determine the meaning themselves based in what has been written, as oppose to a metaphor having to be directly explained by the text.

    Hope this is helpful.
 
 
 
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