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A Manual For Cleaning Women Symbols & Objects

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Detox

Detox is symbolic of how Lou mourns her sister throughout the collection of stories. Just as Lou purges the alcohol from her system, she sees her sister fading away, foreshadowing that Lou will be alone at the conclusion of the book.

Cancer

Cancer is symbolic of Lou's addiction. Just as Sally must fight her cancer diagnosis, Lou must fight her own disease. Sally's battle is futile. At times, Lou's battle with her addiction appears that way, too. However, Lou is able to overcome her illness.

Island

The island is symbolic of escape. Fo Lou, the island is an escape from her reality. For Lou's sister, Sally, the island is an escape from her cancer diagnosis. The island is an escape from mourning for Eloise who is recently widowed.

Nun

The nuns, Sr. Lourdes and Sr. Carlotta, are both symbolic of the familial relationship for which the...

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