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Small Potatoes By Nancy Lord Symbols 1. The Flowers: Throughout the story the reference to flowers is consistently made. Within the first paragraph Nancy Lord states, "I don't do it enough anymore, traipsing through with an eye for rose hips or spiders snare with its lump of fluttering, tormented moth." This establishes a pattern evident throughout the story based on the symbolism of flowers. The flowers represent the intensity and lack of intensity within the friendship. In the spring the friendship blossoms as the flowers do, flowers have seeds which signifies the future of the friendship. The flowers are connected to the symbolism of the change of seasons, for example in the fall they slowly die, as the friendship does. Nearing the end of the story she places dead flowers on the table as a way of accepting her friend may not return to Alaska. ...read more.


3. The Potatoes: The potatoes initially symbolize the strength of the friendship; nearing the end of the story they signify the ultimate loss of the friendship. The first reference, "I helped you dig potatoes when the plants lay limp over the hills and the soil was cold in our hands; they were small that year, the season short. Perfect for boiling, you said, content with what you had" this indicates the relationship is strong and both women are satisfied. The last reference to potatoes, "but I know now that you'll never be so satisfied again with small potatoes." This indicates that her friend cannot be satisfied any longer, living in Alaska. In the first couple paragraphs Nancy Lord explains that she had always wanted to move somewhere that would be interesting "when I came to Alaska, it was with the sure knowledge that here there were places, truly, no one had stepped". ...read more.


the slow change in the friendship as well as motivation in moving to anchorage, "every trip you take away more, emptying the house of those thing that make it most yours. Load by load, you're moving away." This story is about a friendship that seems to flow with the seasons. It is intense in the summer and slows down during the fall and winter. This story reveals that friendships are often unpredictable like the seasons it often does. Nancy Lord and her friend, in the beginning, found a connection through the desire to escape to a life les complicated and more exciting. In Alaska the friendship flourished. Once Nancy's friend moved back to anchorage, the relationship changed. This story provides insight into a relationship that many people can relate too; it reveals the beginning and the end of a friendship that was based on a common interest at one point in their lives. ...read more.

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