Symbolism Of Breadboard By Laurel

Laurel meets her step mother, Fay, for the first time, despite the fact that her father has married Fay for more than a year. She is shocked by the childish behaviors of Fay. From the beginning, Fay tries to control everything and prove her existence. When people ask Laurel about the location of the funeral, Fay says “I’m Mrs. McKelva now. If you’re the undertaker, you do your business with me” (Welty 50). Whenever there is a conversation about to happen between Laurel and other about anything in the present of Fay, Fay jumps into the conversation to get attention. For instance, in the conversation among Laurel, McKelva and Dr. Courtland about McKelva’s eye surgery, Fay says “‘Isn’t my vote going to get counted at all?’”(Welty 10).
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It’s handmade by her husband and he has given as a gift to her mother. Fay does not know the symbolic of the breadboard to Laurel and she misuses it by cracking “walnuts” and “cigarette burns” (Welty 172) on it. When Laurel realizes the abuse Fay has for the breadboard, she encounters her. Laurel raises the breadboard when she loses her temper to hit Fay, but then she gives up and let it go. By releasing the board, Laurel is dismissing her memories. “What do you see in that thing [breadboard]? Asked Fay ‘the whole story, Fay. The whole past’ said Laurel” (178). Laurel concludes that “The past is no more open to help or hurt than was Father in his coffin. The past is like him, impervious, and can never be awakened. …show more content…
In 1918 when Porter was working as a newspaper reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, she became sick of flu pandemic in which people barely survive from it. She experienced death from the illness and proclaims: “I was taken ill with the flu. They gave me up. The paper had my obit set in type. I’ve seen the correspondence between my father and sister on plans for my funeral” the similar experience is revealed in female protagonist, Miranda Gay in
Pale Horse, Pale Riders. Miranda works as a reporter at the same time, much like porter herself, the Miranda “has chosen the Eva-like path of career without entirely rejecting the role of the belle (Stout 112). Occasionally she meets Adam Barclay, a young, handsome soldier not yet deployed to service because of “This funny new disease” that’s killing men “like flies” (Porter 281), Miranda fell too sick from

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