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Literary Devices and Figures of Speech

What is the symbolism in All the Years of Her Life?

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May 29, 2010 1:36AM

Mrs. Higgins shaky hand shows her stress and love for her son and that she truly cares about him. But there is another not-so-obvious symbol, what Alfred stole. the author chose those items for a reason; the makeup shows that Mrs. Higgins covered-up how she felt about Alfred's choices and the toothpaste was like Alfred showing that he wanted to clean everything he did in the past and finally be grownup.