Why is the story titled "Scent of Apples"?

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The title "Scent of Apples" is essential in Bienvenido N. Santos’s short story, which narrates the struggles of the Filipino Americans who try to make a living in America and whose work is to pick apples in an orchard. The immigrants perform hard labor, and their wages are low, as seen from the text. The title is symbolically used by the author to unveil the nostalgic feeling endured by people who are far from their homes. Fabia, the main character, owns an orchard in the United States, and the back room of his house is filled with apples. As such, the smell of apples in his home is very overwhelming. Even after Fabia has lived in America for quite a while, his longing for the Philippines is unbridled. This scent of apples to Fabia is a reminder that he is far away from his home country. "Scent of Apples," as used by the author, is symbolic.

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“Scent of Apples” by Bienvenido Santos is a short story in the book of the same name. Santos writes stories about the lives of Filipino immigrants. In “Scent of Apples,” the protagonist, Celestino Fabia, lives in the Midwestern United States on a small piece of land that includes an apple orchard. The smell of that apple orchard is prominent in his home. Although it is not a scent that is familiar in the Philippines, it makes Fabia long for home and reinforces his feelings of living as an outcast. Even though he has been in America for many years, he never lost his longing for home. He feeds the apples to the pigs which is symbolic of throwing away the abundance of the harvest. He feels that he threw away his familiar life in his homeland even though he has a strong wife and home life. The author titles the story after its most prominent symbol.

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