The Bear Came Over the Mountain


Alice Munro

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The Bear Came Over the Mountain Symbols

Fiona’s Hair

Fiona’s hair is a symbol of her identity and individuality, at least in Grant’s eyes. Fiona inherits her trademark hair from her mother, which fades as she ages from light blonde to…

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Drapes in the story symbolize the class difference between its two couples—Grant and Fiona vs. Aubrey and Marian. More specifically, they are representative of the difference between Fiona’s upper-class background and her corresponding…

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