Sold on a Monday Symbols & Objects

Kristina McMorris
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Ellis's Photograph

The second photograph that Ellis took is the most significant symbol in McMorris's novel. It is at once a symbol of one family's desperation as well as one man's slingshot to fame. The photograph is a representation of the hardships plaguing so many families of the time, including the Dillards. It is also a symbol of the Millstones' desire to heal following their tragedy.

At the same time, Ellis's photograph also represents his first incident of selling out in a bid to advance himself professionally. He did not stage the photo intending to cause pain to anybody, and he never intended for Ruby and Calvin to actually be sold. The series of events that followed the publication of his feature was completely unexpected and magnified the guilt that drove Ellis throughout most of the novel.

Lily's Locket

During periods of anxiety, Lily rubs "her locket...

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