As an example of "fiction of nostalgia," Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" is a fondly melancholic recollection of his friendship with an older child-like cousin with whom he baked fruitcakes each Christmas. The preparation and the baking became a traditional act for Buddy and his friend.
In this story of memories, there are items that attain symbolic meaning. Here are three:
1. the baby carriage The dilapidated baby carriage symbolizes Buddy's friendship with his cousin, an older, worn, child-like cousin of his who is in her sixties. She is neglected now by others in the family, but each year Buddy interacts with her as they bake fruitcakes to give to strangers. As the buggy was purchased for Buddy, it remains "a faithful object" that holds whatever Buddy and his cousin need to tote, unifying the two friends in their actions.
2. the fruitcakes The...
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