I'm searching for a good antonym for "symbolic."
I'd be using it in a sentence like:
In Beowulf, the different manifestations of courage, both symbolic and actualized, present an area of synthesis between the real and the imagined.
Is "actualized" a good antonym for symbolic? I've also considered "applied" and "action-based." The above is just a throwaway sentence.
Edit: I suppose I'm trying to get at the difference between courage symbolized through an object and courage performed through a valiant act.