A Wagner Matinee Symbols & Objects

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Music

In this story, music symbolizes beauty and personal fulfillment. Music seems to be Georgiana’s greatest joy in life, for when she lived in Boston she studied music and worked as a music teacher. However, after she moved to Nebraska with Howard, she had almost no access to music whatsoever. This loss pains her, but she eventually becomes somewhat numb to it. However, her awareness of her own unhappiness is sharpened after seeing the orchestral concert in Boston with Clark.

Boston

Boston symbolizes the comforts and fulfillments of urban life. While living in Boston, Georgiana had a comfortable and fulfilling life, as her work was not strenuous, and she had easy access to many forms of music. After 30 years of life in rural Nebraska, when Georgiana returns to Boston for a brief visit, she is reminded of all of the comforts of urban life, of which...

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