What does the snail in Virginia Woolf's "The Mark on the Wall" stand for or symbolizes?

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The snail in “The Mark on the Wall” by Virginia Woolf symbolizes reality. It helps the narrator to get back to reality whenever she has dreadful thoughts. The snail, which is the mark on the wall, enables her to stay grounded in reality and be safe from unrealistic thoughts. In addition, the snail is a symbol of the narrator’s living habits. She is not a good housekeeper, which explains why the snail is in the house. She justifies her behavior by criticizing the...

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