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Sam's Role In Transitional Object

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Sam, the tattoo artist, in Transitional Object is extremely important for both the development of the body-image theme and motherhood/womanhood because helps to give Mia confidence through her tattoo and serves as a mother figure to her. To begin, Sam is very important for the developing body-image theme because despite losing her job, gaining a great amount of weight, losing her husband, and making many sacrifices for her kids, she moved past all of those challenges, took online tattoo classes, and made a new life for herself. She is also important to this theme because she gave Mia confidence in herself through her tattoo, as she points out when she says, “That scar was too standard. Sam has embellished it. Now I have one breast and one ‘Dignity.’
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