Everyman (Philip Roth) Symbols & Objects

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Everyman’s Jewelry Store

Everyman’s Jewelry Store symbolizes the human will towards community, socialization, and self-sufficiency. The narrative describes the protagonist’s father’s jewelry store as successful due to the ways in which the protagonist’s father built trust and good will with the surrounding community. The father freely extended credit to customers, and he named the store Everyman’s Jewelry Store rather than naming it after himself.

Diamonds

Diamonds symbolize the impossibility of immortality. The protagonist’s father describes a diamond by calling it “a piece of earth that is imperishable, and a mere mortal is wearing it on her hand” (57). This statement emphasizes the narrative’s fixation on death and mortality, as the perceived permanence of the diamond is something that a human cannot attain.

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Advertising symbolizes the protagonist’s desire to obey expected responsibilities. The narrative notes that although the protagonist...

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