The medieval symbolism of the unicorn is about love, purity and virginity; they can only be trapped by virgins, to whom they are attracted.
A more modern symbolism represents the unicorn as symbolic of loss and mourning, referencing a loss of innocence rather than innocence itself – we can no longer allow ourselves to believe in unicorns if we expect to be taken seriously. The unicorn has become a forbidden delight, and also an infinitely sad one, because we know we may never be permitted to indulge in such a fantasy again.
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