Explain the symbolism of each of the following: an apple, the color red, December, the sled, light-colored eyes, and the river.

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Each of these items is symbolic for a different reason. Let's look at each one individually.

The apple represents forbidden knowledge. This idea comes from the Bible and the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit. In the community where Jonas lives, he can see color on the apple, which is not something everyone else can see because the community has removed color from its world in order to achieve Sameness. Therefore, Jonas has access to forbidden knowledge.

The color red is often seen as a rebellious color. If we look at the things in the book that are red, this makes sense as a symbol. The apple is red...

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