Lucy Gayheart Symbols & Objects

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Music

Music symbolizes the necessity of art in the creation of human fulfillment. Lucy is portrayed as having a deep appreciation for art, and especially music. She is often deeply moved by artistic performances, such as when she first hears Sebastian sing, or when she attends a music concert in Haverford. Art is shown to have a fundamentally enriching effect on Lucy’s life and outlook.

Lucy’s Enthusiasm

Lucy’s enthusiastic disposition symbolizes the exuberance and optimism of youth. Some of Lucy’s central character traits are her vigor and optimism, and the novel valorizes these traits as precious and necessary. Much of the novel’s dramatic tension is derived from Lucy’s struggle to maintain her sense of idealism in the face of emotional hardships.

Lucy and Sebastian’s Love

Lucy and Sebastian’s love symbolizes the rejuvenating powers of romance. Lucy’s youthful idealism...

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