Symbolism In The Farmers Children

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The use of nature is one of the more common themes discussed within multiple stories this term. The use of nature can be instrumental in conveying the symbolic meaning, but it also helps to establish the setting in several stories. Commonly, the author’s use of nature serves a dual purpose within the story, which aids in potentially forming a wide array of interpretations for readers. In the short story Chicxulub, the narrator compares the impact he felt when he received news of his daughter being involved in a potentially fatal accident, to asteroid and meteor strikes Chicxulub and Tunguska. Chicxulub is the asteroid that struck during the age of the dinosaurs and theorized to have severely changed the climate of the earth, which lead to …show more content…
Therefore, Tunguska displays the great relief the narrator felt after the turn of events with his daughter, while Chicxulub exhibits how much his world would change if his daughter were actually the one who died. In the story The Farmer’s Children, one of the thematic symbols throughout the story is the moon. The moon embodies two different meanings for the reader and the main characters. For the reader, the moon is more of an omen on death, while the main character, Cato; it is a maternal symbol of hope. Cato’s hope, further projected with the fairytale aspects presented within the story helps, portray the dreadful extent of the tragedy by highlighting the complete innocence of the boys. The moon is also takes the place of the maternal image throughout the story. Although that stepmother is physically present, she is mentally detached as a maternal figure for the two boys, since she does not care for their well beings as much as she does for her own …show more content…
“In spite of the cold, she stood for a moment looking down uneasily at [the quilt’s] pattern of large branching hexagons, blanched, almost colorless, in the moonlight…Her mother had made it…out from forms of a lost childish game, the image fell upon her brain: a snowflake”(291). The statement of the quilt being “almost colorless, in the moonlight”, emphasizes her lack of effort with the boys, while the memory of her own mother briefly makes her empathic towards the boys. In addition to that, the “snowflake” exemplifies her regret for sending the boys in such horrid weather

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