A Gate at the Stairs Symbols & Objects

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The Gate

The gate symbolizes how Tassie’s life is transitioning further into adulthood.

The Weather

The weather symbolizes the changes happened to and around Tassie. She understands how the weather can influence her mood and how she feels and that extends to how her relationship with Reynaldo and the situation with Mary-Emma and her brother all affect her.

The Paper Whites

The paper whites symbolize Sarah’s guilt for the loss of her son Gabriel and how it eats away at her. That Murph ingests the poison represents how Sarah’s actions affect others.

The Prayer Mat

The prayer mat symbolizes Tassie’s naiveté. She believes what Reynaldo tells her because her feelings for him cloud who he really is.

The Coffin

The coffin symbolizes the death of Tassie’s innocence. When she crawls into the coffin with her brother she figuratively dies, only to be...

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