The Past Symbols & Objects

Tessa Hadley
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Flowers

The flowers are a symbol of Alice's optimistic hopes that the family will have a wonderful time during the vacation, as she is known as the romantic one of the group. She makes sure that each room in the house has a bowl or vase of flowers to liven up the house as it has been shuttered since the family's last visit. All of the flowers last throughout much of the vacation, but when Roland and Pilar unexpectedly leave, Alice notices that the flowers in their bedroom have wilted. This is representative of the negative tone surrounding the circumstances of the pair's departure.

Arthur's hair

Arthur's hair is the visual representation of Fran's over-protective feelings for her children as she wants to keep them innocent for as long as possible. This hairstyle makes Arthur look almost infantile and has been the cause of some of his...

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