Please give an example of symbolism in "The Management of Grief."

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One symbol that Bharati Mukerjee uses in "The Management of Grief " is written documents. On one level, Shaila includes a poem in the offerings that she puts into the water at the Irish crash site. Her purpose is to communicate with her dead husband, so he will know her true feelings. In contrast, the formal documents that Judith Templeton circulates among the relatives stand for the anonymous and often misunderstood connections between the Canadian state and the survivors. When Shaila agrees to help Judith speak to survivors who have not yet signed, she finds that they resist doing so even when it would make a critical difference in their ability to pay their bills. Ms. Templeton understands the association with finality that the relatives do not want to accept, comparing the...

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