Symbolic Elements In Anthony Kaplan's 'Doe'

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The events that take place during this hunting trip all lead up to Andy realizing she will not be a little girl forever. The ocean which represents her womanhood ties to the death of the doe because the ocean reminded her of death. “It’s musky, rank smell made her think of things dying” (472). The doe that represents her innocence is another symbolic figure because loss of innocence is the change that makes her realize nothing stays the same. The setting is significant because it links you to the doe and it is where all her thoughts and actions happened. Kaplan uses these elements of the story to enrich our understanding of the difficulties Andy goes through before she realizes she is growing up. Change is tied to loss, loss is tied to losing

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