I am wondering if symbol and metaphor could be considered interchangeable-- And, when they cannot. Or, would you please show me an authoratative source?

Any comment or feed back would greatly be appreciated

  • Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/1173/… – user66974 Jun 3 '15 at 10:29
  • This may be an interesting question but it is too broad and the differences can be easily understood looking the terms in a dictionary. Please explain what specifically you don't understand or is unclear about the two terms. – user66974 Jun 3 '15 at 10:38

No, they're not interchangable.

See these entries on vocabulary.com and note the example usages:

A metaphor is an analogy between two different things. A symbol is simply a representation of something.

The key difference here is that something can be a symbol without being a metaphor. A handshake could be a symbolic gesture of friendship. You wouldn't call a handshake a metaphor.

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