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Difficult Women Symbols & Objects

Roxane Gay
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Water

Although in most circumstances water is seen as a symbol for healing, growth, life and purity, in “Water, All its Weight”, water is symbolic for the decay that comes with its excess. The juxtaposition of the pure quality of water with the rot that results from its excess is important in understanding the irony of Bianca’s rotting physical environment against the purity of her soul.

Baby Arm

The baby arm that the narrator received from “Baby Arm” is symbolic for the superficial components of a relationship that will never amount to anything more than its value on its own. Each fiberglass part represents a component of their relationship that appears compatible from a surface level but fails to properly connect in a way that intuitively feels right and become a part of a greater whole.

Glass

In “Requiem for a Glass Heart”, glass is symbolic...

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