Sometimes a Cigar is Just A Cigar
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
As we note in our discussion of "Setting," some critics and readers resist or reject the symbolic approach to this story. All this talk of symbolism can seem overly fancy, at odds with the clean, smooth lines of the story. If you are one of those readers, go with that. It’s OK to just let a mountain be a mountain, a river a river, and pregnancy a pregnancy, etc.