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Show how the author uses symbolism and irony to elucidate the theme or the story In this story a young Campfire girl named Marian sets out to earn points by visiting an old age home The author depicts Marians reluctance to be there by the way she slowly makes her way from the bus stop to the nurses station inside The author gives way to Marians selfish nature when she states to the nurse on duty I have to pay a visit to some old lady p436 in this statement our character shows little respect in the way she phrases her statement By saying she has to pay a visit reinforces the readers thoughts that she is there not of her own free will and as a result does not care who she visits just as long as the person is an elderly woman Marian pushed her hair behind her ears as she did when it was time to study Science p436 this passage shows us how much she loathes being there I believe the author was trying to get across that Marian found this so called charitable act as tedious as studying for Science again helping us identify her motives The nurse in this story doesnt seem to even want to be at her job Marian describes her as being cold The author shows us further the nurses lack of emotions and awareness when she writes how the linoleum is raised and warped how it was like walking on waves Marian notices this but the nurse shows no awareness what so ever making the reader question her interest and her desire for her work The author further shows us this when the nurse propels Marian towards the door with a strong impatient arm indicating the nurses desire to get her duty at that moment over with At this point we are introduce to our final characters the two elderly women
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