The Taste of Watermelon


Borden Deal

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From the beginning of the story, references to the watermelon parallel references to the feminine. The watermelon, like Willadean, is the object of male attention: just as the three boys scrutinize Willadean’s manner of…

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The full moon represents the narrator’s youthful bravado: its light at first seems to bring clarity and strength, but then in hindsight it seems to have enchanted them into folly. When the night starts…

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Mr. Wills’s shotgun symbolizes the importance of vulnerability in masculine roles. In the beginning of the story, the gun is, in the community’s eyes, an expression of Mr. Wills’s over-the-top masculinity. The narrator’s…

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