Life in the Iron Mills


Rebecca Harding Davis

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Life in the Iron Mills Symbols


The statue of a woman that Hugh carves out of korl, a byproduct of making iron, symbolizes Hugh’s longing for more in life. When visitors to the mill (Doctor May, Kirby, and…

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The River

The river that runs through the city and out to the countryside represents the evils of industrialization and the promise of nature. To illustrate this, the narrator uses personification, lending the river thoughts and feelings…

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