Summer of the Seventeenth Doll


Ray Lawler

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Symbols

Kewpie Dolls

Every layoff season, Roo brings Olive a kewpie doll. Kewpie dolls are collectible baby dolls that were created in 1912 and were immensely popular until the middle of the twentieth century. Olive sees the dolls…

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Pearl's Black Dresses

In contrast to the kewpie dolls that symbolize Olive's immaturity, Pearl's clothing choices—particularly her black dresses in the first and third acts—symbolize Pearl's very intentional act of maturity. Pearl desperately wants to be…

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