What are some examples of symbolism in The Rough Crossing?

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F. Scott Fitzgerald uses several notable symbols in the story. The most prominent one is the title itself, with the storm motif that carries through the work. The Smiths' marriage is a troubled one, filled with roughness in terms of the way they treat each other. Their relationship seems to...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald uses several notable symbols in the story. The most prominent one is the title itself, with the storm motif that carries through the work. The Smiths' marriage is a troubled one, filled with roughness in terms of the way they treat each other. Their relationship seems to be at a crossroads. The literal rough crossing of the ship symbolizes their marriage and the crisis it weather's during that time.

Another prominent symbol is the couple's name. While they show some distinctive features, both people exhibit stereotypical aspects of an elite, troubled young couple. Their last name, Smith, indicate they are like everyone else, as he says at the end. Eva is also symbolically the first woman.

The pearls are also a significant symbol. Eva declares that she loves them, but then she wildly throws them overboard. They symbolize the ups and downs in both people's investment in the relationship. Adam promises her new pearls at the end.

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