The Progress of Love (short story) Symbols & Objects

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The Farm

The farm symbolizes the formative aspects of Euphemia’s childhood, many parts of which she reacts against in order to find self-actualization. Euphemia has a close relationship with her parents, but at the age of 15, she leaves home against her parents’ wishes in order to claim her independence and live life more in keeping with her own desires.

Marietta’s Hair

Marietta’s hair symbolizes the act of nurturing a grudge. Marietta’s hair turned white when she was relatively young, and she expressed gratitude of this fact, as she enjoyed no longer having the same hair color as her father. This is the first hint to the reader that Marietta harbors a grudge against her father.

Marietta’s Christianity

Marietta’s devout Christian leanings symbolize differing intergenerational viewpoints. Many of Marietta’s personal values are derived from her devout religious leanings. When Euphemia’s...

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