The Bear Came Over the Mountain Symbols & Objects

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Fiona’s Memory Loss

Fiona’s memory loss symbolizes interpersonal difficulties and resulting shifts in relationships. After 50 years of marriage, Fiona and Grant’s relationship undergoes fundamental changes due to Fiona’s drastic memory loss. Nonetheless, Grant remains devoted to Fiona despite these changes in how they relate to each other.

Meadowlake

Meadowlake symbolizes the often uncontrollable and unforeseeable nature of one’s own life and the lives of others. Fiona’s admittance into Meadowlake is the first major event of the narrative following Fiona’s mental deterioration, and Grant subsequently loses his main connections to Fiona from Fiona’s perspective. This dynamic then leads to the unforeseeable following events.

Boris and Natasha

Boris and Natasha, Fiona’s pet dogs, symbolize her and Grant’s childlessness. Grant and Fiona were not able to have children due to physical defects in Fiona’s reproductive system. Thus, Fiona instead...

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