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What does the star symbolize?

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witchiz78 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM via web

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What does the star symbolize?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 25, 2009 at 9:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The star symbolizes the eternal.  It has been a fixed constant in the sky since time immemorial.  The first inhabitants of earth stared at the same sky as the townspeople of Grovers Corners do now.

It also symbolizes the cycle of life.  There are two stars: the morning star (the sun) and the evening stars (the stars and moon).  The play begins at sunup with the birth of the twins in Polishtown.  Act II ends with the kids addressing the heavens (the Jane Crofut letter).  And Act III involves Emily dying after giving birth.  The Stage Manager ends the play with a good night soliloquy, thus bringing it all full circle.

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