A Wagner Matinée

by

Willa Cather

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Black

The color black symbolizes the absence of vitality and culture in the story, particularly in the dull, uncivilized environment of the prairie homestead. Georgiana arrives from Nebraska wearing a duster “black with soot” and a…

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Water

Cather uses water to symbolize the renewal of dormant life, especially the revival of Georgianas soul. Not incidentally, Cather frequently associates water with music, further underscoring the latter as a source of meaning…

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