What are the symbols present in the story "That Evening sun" by William Faulkner? And kindly discuss each symbol.

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There are too many items that are potentially symbolic in this short story to really discuss them all in detail. Instead, let's focus on the most important symbols. The first comes in the title. The evening sun is setting. It symbolizes the end of an era—literally a day, but figuratively the time period that produced this situation. (Look at the changes mentioned in the first paragraph for examples.)

Next, consider Nancy's profession. It too is literal; many Black women did domestic labor. However, it is also symbolic: the Black women had to deal with their...

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One symbol could be the main character who,as presented, symbolizes the maltreatment of whites towards the blacks and the conflict between the two.Another symbol are the children who are not capable of understanding the adult world.Their simplicity and ignorance distinguished their fear of the dark from that of Nancy's.

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