O’Connor used ideas, actions and objects that explain and represent scenes that have been used in the story. Examples of symbols used in the story include; Hulgas’ leg represents her soul, she takes care of it because it is the most important thing in her life. Good country people have been referred to as the salts of the world; this explains the importance of morality and simplicity which are valuable in life. Another example of symbolism used in the story is where the gate has been used as a boundary between Hulga’s world and the real world.


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