Troubling Love Symbols & Objects

Elena Ferrante
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Amalia

Amalia symbolizes an idol-like adult figure to Delia as a child. In her quest for maturity, young Delia would always strive to behave like her mother and experience the same affairs as her mother. This reverence continues into Delia’s adult life as she envisions her mother mocking her or performing actions she remembers from her memories. Amalia is in a way someone who Delia strives to be, yet at the same time someone she detests.

Caserta

Caserta is a symbol of Delia’s desire for romantic interest from an early age. As a child, Delia would pretend to be her mother in part to feel like an adult, but also to feel like she was gaining the same pleasure as Amalia did when she spent time with Caserta. As an adult, Caserta’s name instills fear in Delia because he is a reminder of the...

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