Signs and Symbols Summary
Vladimir Nabokov

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Signs and Symbols Overview

Nabokov’s short story, Signs and Symbols, recounts the events that transpire on the day of a married couple’s visit to their son on his birthday. The day is plagued with misfortune, and the parents discover that their son, who is a patient at a mental hospital, has tried to kill himself. The story follows the parents after they hear the unsettling news, and it recounts information about their son’s life before his mental illness. This story explores themes of misfortune, family, and psychological hardship.

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