In the Dead the narrator describes Gretta listening to music on the stairs as " a symbol of something". Is Gretta a symbol of anything? And, if so, of what?


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The song was a symbol of her first love who sang it to her; he died outside in the cold waiting for her outside of her window. The song symbolizes Gretta's lost love, while that love (or Gretta) symbolizes something her husband has never had.