What are the main symbols used in "Private Lives"; what do the symbols represent and why are they important to the story?

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The couples themselves represent the inconstancy and virulent nature of some marriages. The couples also represent the dichotomy of social vs. private lives in a marriage.  People often put on "fronts" in public to make others think their marriage is well; however, it is a different story in private.  Also, the...

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The couples themselves represent the inconstancy and virulent nature of some marriages. The couples also represent the dichotomy of social vs. private lives in a marriage.  People often put on "fronts" in public to make others think their marriage is well; however, it is a different story in private.  Also, the portrayal of the couples' relationships smacks of irony as far as tearing apart the idea that marriage is a wonderful, centering, grounding institution.  These couples are anything but centered and grounded!  They fight, make up, fight some more, hold grudges, etc.

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