In "A Visit of Charity" by Eudora Welty, find an example of use of symbolism that you feel contributes to the cynical tone of the work. What purpose does it serve?

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The potted blooming plant that Marian brings to the old age home is a central symbol in the story. It contributes to the cynical tone of the story in several ways.

One way of looking at the pot of flowers is that they are symbolic of the lives of the people trapped within the walls of the home. Like potted plants, they will not have the opportunity to outgrow their confinement. In this way, the potted flowers...

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