Shadows on the Rock Symbols & Objects

Willa Cather
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Architecture

Architecture symbolizes the colony’s roots in French culture. Most of the residents of Quebec were born in France or are the direct descendants of people born in France. As such, the colony’s culture is based in French culture. This fact is reflected in the distinctly French style of the buildings’ architecture.

Ships

Ships symbolize both the connections and separations that define relations between colonies and their homeland. The residents of Quebec are able to trade and communicate with France via the merchant ships that travel between Canada and Europe. However, these ships move slowly and cannot travel in the winter. As such, the colony’s connection to France is limited.

Jacques’ Shoes

Jacques’ shoes symbolize kindness and charity. Euclide and Cécile know that the young Jacques is a kind boy despite the cruelty of his mother. The Auclairs befriend Jacques, and the Count...

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