The Way Up to Heaven Symbols & Objects

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The Fog

The fog represents Mrs. Foster’s level of anxiety. When Mr. Foster bullies Mrs. Foster and encourages her to feel anxious in the car on the day of her flight, the fog is extremely thick. This symbolizes the fact that Mrs. Foster is overwhelmed by her anxiety. However, the following day, when Mrs. Foster is more confident and assertive, the sky is perfectly clear.

The Cigars

Mr. Foster’s cigars represent the satisfaction he attains from encouraging Mrs. foster’s anxiety. In the same scenes mentioned in ‘The Fog’ symbolism section, Mr. Foster smokes a cigar after taunting his wife. Cigars connote success. Thus, Mr. Foster smoking a cigar suggests that Mr. Foster is celebrating successfully goading his wife into an anxious episode.

Mr. Foster's Beard

Mr. Foster’s beard represents his deceptive nature. When Mr. Foster is bullying Mrs. Foster in the car, Mrs...

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