What is the meaning of the symbol of Ellen Olenska?
For Newland, Ellen Olenska symbolizes the exotic, something much different from his own life. The Age of Innocence was written by Edith Wharton and published in 1920.
What in a story can make the story a kind of symbol or allegory with a broader meaning beyond its mere literal meaning?
It means that symbols have no meaning in themselves, but we attach a certain meaning to it. For example, if you never saw the $ symbol, you would have no idea what it meant. But since we, as a society, attach the word dollar to the $ symbol, $ means dollars. Another example- the swastika. There are many meanings of the swastika symbol. In ancient India and China, the swastika was a symbol for peace…