The ladder is a reference to the family name (Scala), in its turn symbol of various types of ascent.
Is an article required in front of symbol?
What about the following examples:
The dove is a symbol of peace.
In the picture the tree is the symbol of life and the snake the symbol of evil.
Why is A used in front of symbol in the 2nd example and THE in the 3rd example?
In all the examples you've given, you should use either "a" or "the" before the word "symbol", because "symbol" is a singular noun. They are both types of articles; "a" is an indefinite article, and "the" is a definite article. Use an indefinite article when you are talking about something in general. In the second example, you use "a" because a dove is one of several symbols for peace, not the only one. In the third example, "the" is used because it is referring to a specific tree--the one in the picture. You could just as correctly say that "a tree is a symbol of life" if you were talking about trees in general, rather than the tree in the picture.
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