Lila Symbols & Objects

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Graves

Lila spends a lot of time in the graveyard where she tends the graves of the Reverend’s family, including his first wife and child who died in childbirth. This symbolizes Lila’s respect of her husband’s past which is reciprocated by his prayers for Doll and others from Lila’s past.

Shawl

At the old woman’s cabin, Doll uses a shawl to cover Lila, and this object represents Doll’s love and the comfort she offers. Doane burns it in his cruelty, an action that Lila resents.

Necklace

After Lila suggests marriage, the Reverend gives her his mother’s necklace, insisting she keep it even if she decides against marriage. This piece of jewelry represents Lila’s imminent romance and the Reverend’s desire to care for his wife. It also foreshadows the good life she will have in the future with Reverend...

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