What is the significance of the toad in Tuck Everlasting?
The toad in Tuck Everlasting symbolizes Winnie's unreadiness to grow up, including her hesitance about becoming immortal. Winnie chooses to confide in the toad when she is feeling lonely as there is no one else to talk to. However, she betrays her friendship with the toad when she uses the vial of magic spring water on the toad, rather than herself. The toad also represents Winnie's fear of humans becoming immortal and by giving the spring water to the toad, projects that humans are not ready for such responsibilities that may come with becoming immortal.
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