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The aim of the article is to determine the place and boundaries of the symbol as a stylistic unit and to offer an adequate and clear definition of this linguistic phenomenon, which is a must for the stylistic analysis of fiction. The theoretical background of the article comprises linguistic theories where distinction of a symbol on the one hand and a sign, metaphor, an image, allegory and a myth on the other are outlined. The outcome of the broader linguocultural enquiry of characteristics anddoi:10.32342/2523-4463-2017-0-13-202-207 fatcat:5h5dnwwwmjfyrkctcxinjo5l7u