Dear Mrs. Bird Symbols & Objects

AJ Pearce
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War

War symbolizes and parallels women's private romantic problems throughout Dear Mrs. Bird, as well as Emmy's professional life. Emmy compares her work to espionage, and her commitment to celibacy before marriage is a matter of "Staying Firm" on the "front." Since the novel is set during a vicious war, and because that war affects London through the horrific bombings, Emmy cannot help but frame everything in her life in the language of war.

Emmy's mother's voice

Mrs. Lake provides Emmy support from a strong feminine figure who also believes that women have a duty to fight for themselves and each other. Emmy's mother thus symbolizes sorority and female empowerment. Mrs. Lake's advice gives Emmy courage, and the memory of her voice helps guide her through the wreckage of the Cafe de Paris.

Woman's Friend magazine

The title of the magazine implies that it provides helpful advice...

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