The Days of Abandonment Symbols & Objects

Elena Ferrante
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Sugar bowl

The sugar bowl suggests the loss of the “sweetness” of the marriage, but also, because the glass cuts Mario’s mouth, it could either imply that that sweetness was a lie (blood in mouth) or that the destruction of the sweetness led to the lies.

Lizard

The intruder is symbolic of the fact that danger has entered the lives of the family now that Mario has decided to share his life with someone else. The lizard bears the colors of cowardice (yellow) but also life (green), which might also suggest that life itself is a place where fear often reigns.

Ants

The second intrusion of nature upon her apartment, the ants require that Olga not only take arms against them but that she do so by unnatural means, that is, by the use of chemicals that affect her breathing. Olga recognizes the ants’ indifference to...

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