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Anyone who has read the novella The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick might have noticed it is rich with gustatory imagery. In the first part of the novella, food imagery (i.e. lack of food) illustrates hunger and deprivation; while in the second part of the novella there is food in plenty--denoting sustenance. Is there more to the food imagery than merely denoting deprivation in the first half and sustenance in the second half?

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