What is the symbol of the sugar cane in "A Long Day in November"? Does it have a meaning? Ihave read this story twice trying to see what is the meaning of the sugar cane.

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Sugarcane means one thing to children and another to adults; this is shown when Sonny and his father are walking together and Sonny wants another piece of cane.

Sonny sees cane as something sweet and delicious. He wants to eat more of it because he doesn't see the hard work...

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Sugarcane means one thing to children and another to adults; this is shown when Sonny and his father are walking together and Sonny wants another piece of cane.

Sonny sees cane as something sweet and delicious. He wants to eat more of it because he doesn't see the hard work that went into getting it; even earlier in the story, he sees Madame Toussaint's teeth as faulty because she can't eat sugarcane properly. It's something he identifies as good and desirable.

For the people who cut the sugarcane, though, it's a symbol of hard work and subsistence level survival. They can't afford better things like medical care, property, or education. Madame Toussaint is an example of this because her teeth are rotting. The people that Sonny and his father interact with are seen working hard to cut and harvest the cane; it's something positive for them because it provides a living, but it's a mere pittance of what the people who employ them get.

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In the story, "A Long Day in November," sugar cane symbolizes the struggle for survival.  The men that work in the cane fields work long hard hours to barely make a living.  How hard they work and how much cane they harvest is a status for the people in the community. Sonny's daddy, Eddie, has been at the job a long time and is known as a person who "works hard and long cutting cane on a sugar plantation. "

Working the cane is one of the"rituals that protect a person and a family from despair and disintegration." Without the cane many families would have no way to support their families.

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