Trapped Lives

“[Daisy Goodwill-Flett] believ[ed] herself to be wanderer [], with an orphan’s heart and a wistful longing for refuge, for a door marked with her own name.” (305) She felt trapped in her relationships, life style, and most importantly she felt trapped in her own life. The four main symbols and images Carol Shield uses in “The Stone Diaries” is the gardens, the stones, the wedding ring and detachments with sex.
Daisy’s father, Cuyler Goodwill, wanted to bring flowers into Mercy Stone’s life by carving flowers into stone. His life was as hard as stone because of his work in the quarry but wanted to remember his wife as soft and loving, which she was although she felt cold inside, by carving “a bird, a flower, a fish, a face, a sun or a moon.” (64) The only way to get the “stone” out of Daisy’s life was to engage in nature. Clarentine Flett introduced young Daisy to the gentleness of flowers in a garden. Teaches her how to “love it [] purely” “every leaf, every stem, [and] every root.” (196) Also to show her that not everything in the world is hard and clinical. Daisy the name that Clarentine picked for the baby was Clarentine’s way of helping her out of the hardness of her situation as an abandoned baby girl. Clarentine had many hopes for this little girl and hoped that her name would help her get there. After Barker’s death Daisy takes over his column in the Recorder and while working there she is the most alive. Writing about flowers and most importantly about gardening she was able to share with the rest of the world her passion of nature. Then when she is replaced by the “full-timer” Pinky Fulham because of a “policy” that was put into effect long before Jay Dudley was there, she receives a great blow to her being and became depressed and in that instant she was fossilized.
In the novel “The Stone Diaries” there are many mentions of stones. One kind of stone that is represented in this novel is a fossil. A fossil literally means “having been dug up” in.