Cate Kennedy

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Pete’s wheat crop symbolizes the narrator’s pregnancy—but more broadly, it symbolizes people’s inability to control nature. The story sets up the relationship between the wheat and the narrator’s current pregnancy by noting that…

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Throughout the story, water represents nature’s power to destroy the narrator’s life. This is clearest in her use of water imagery to describe her miscarriages, a series of tragedies that have devastated her. The…

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