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In "Scent of Apples" by Bienvenido N. Santos, what the does apple symbolize?  

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In "Scent of Apples" by Bienvenido N. Santos, what the does apple symbolize?

 

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 6, 2009 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Every time the character of Fabio smells apples, he is transported back to his country of origin. He also feels nostalgia from his "lost youth" and feels that he is all alone in the world. Hence, the apples are the symbol of nostalgia, exile, sadness, and memories.

"Those trees are beautiful on the hills," I said.
"Autumn's a lovely season. The trees are getting ready to die, and they show their colors, proud-like."
"No such thing in our own country," I said.
That remark seemed unkind, I realized later. It touched him off on a long deserted tangent, but ever there perhaps. How many times did lonely mind take unpleasant detours away from the familiar winding lanes towards home for fear of this, the remembered hurt, the long lost youth, the grim shadows of the years; how many times indeed, only the exile knows.

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