In fact, an action can be descried differently by using different symbols.
Let’s take an example of term “SMILE”; it is the symbol of Affection and Friendship.
Time will change it; I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees.
My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath a source of little visible delight, but necessary.”The phrase “foliage of leaves” for is a symbol for Linton’s fertile and civilized nature.
“A stage” here symbolizes the world, and “players” is a symbol for human beings.
William Blake goes symbolic in his poem presents almost every character, house, surroundings, and events in a symbolic perspective.
Likewise, if someone is smiling at you, it might be the symbol of affection, love and care.
Symbols also exchange their meanings according to the context.
Generally, it is an object representing another, to give an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant.
Sometimes, however, an action, an event or a word spoken by someone may have a symbolic value. Similarly, the action of someone smiling at you may stand as a symbol of the feeling of affection which that person has for you.