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Can't and Won't Symbols & Objects

Lydia Davis
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Dog hair

In the story, The Dog Hair, the dog hair represents the memory of their beloved pet.

Davis's Rug

In the short story, The Two Davises and the Rug, the rug represents the first Davis's son and that time in her life.

The Moon

The symbolism of the moon should be noted, as it represents Flaubert’s love for his lover in the story, After You Left. He mentions that it is full, high in the sky, and calls to him. It is mentioned three times in the several paragraphs that comprise the letter. Additionally, it is mentioned in a dream sequence where the moon represents the author’s internal landscape and the mysteries of the inner mind.

The Key

The symbolism of the key and unlocking something, in the story, The Churchyard, deeply hidden may lead some to believe that the author had a desire...

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