The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by

Milan Kundera

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Sabina’s Black Bowler Hat

Sabina’s black bowler hat appears several times in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and it symbolizes several different things in Kundera’s novel, giving it a fluid quality that embodies the idea of eternal

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Books

Books are a major part of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and they symbolize “a secret brotherhood” of knowledge and the aspiration for “something higher” within Kundera’s novel, but they also illustrate the theory…

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Tereza’s Suitcase

Tereza carries a “large and enormously heavy” suitcase throughout much of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and it symbolizes Tereza’s figuratively “heavy” character formed by her devotion to love and deep emotional connections. But…

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