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What does the plum tree represent?

Created: 01/19/13

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Posted Jan. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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What does the plum tree represent?

What does the plum tree represent, both as a pit when it’s first planted and later, as a blossoming sapling at the end of the book?


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jonnav

Join Date: 01/21/13

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

I think it represents a new future/life full of living. The pit represented the people who needed to survive the war and the tree the survivors that were being their lives all over again.


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorothyt

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

I think it represents the hope and the future of the family, and that out of the ashes the phoenix will rise.


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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christy

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

The question ties into the symbolism of what the family's (pre-existing) plum tree meant as well as what the later planted pit/sapling represents. The family's plums were prized as gems because no one else's family grew them----they were special to their garden and were a symbol of this family's uniqueness. Then, the planted seed could recapitulate their family's strife and struggle to renew hope for the next generation.


Posted Jan. 22, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
guntak

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

Sustenance for the human being, therefore LIFE.


Posted Jan. 22, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
bjm

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

I agree with the other entries. The Plum Tree represented that through growth there was life and a hope for the future.... A future with Christine and Isaac.


Posted Jan. 24, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jacquelynh

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

The plum tree is a symbol of the family and regeneration - hope - the quality and unending cycle of life.


Posted Jan. 27, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
susanr

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

I agree with the others. The plum tree grows from a small hard pit. If the pit is hatred and cruelty, then the symbolism is that new life and beauty will come from the hatred through nuturing and love. the pit will be forgotten and only the fruit from the tree is what is important


Posted Feb. 06, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
annar

Join Date: 06/13/11

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

Faith and renewal.


Posted Feb. 24, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
mariannes

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RE: What does the plum tree represent?

I think the plum tree represents life. Christine thought the plum tree and Isaac were dead, buttheyboth lived.


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