Most short stories are made to have some special theme and they incorporate different types of literary devices button button has has all this and even a special way to present it by doing it through symbolism. The story provides the reader with a few different types of symbolism.Button, Button by Richard Matheson uses several examples of symbolism through both the characters and even the button itself.
First off, the button portrays the feeling of temptation because right after Mr. Stewart left Margot asked Arthur “What do you think it was?” That hinted at Margot doing something involved with the button later on. Margot herself even said a variation of the word temptation “curios”. Also, all along the story he kept asking questions that showed that she was interested about the box. Margot asked Arthur, “Aren’t you curious at all?” referring to the box. When Margot asked Arthur that she basically admitted she was curious about the box. Margot would keep asking questions about the box which would further lead to her feelings of temptation building up.
Margot would proceed with asking questions which would build up her temptation and curiosity. Meanwhile Arthur had completely ignored the button or attempted to ignore it but,thats when Margot would begin to start weighing the pros and cons. Margot continued with her questions and asked Arthur, "Suppose it's a genuine offer?”. She brought up the genuine offer question which it instantly showed her being curious or tempted about her pressing the button. Margot continued to weigh the pros and cons and asked another question which showed that her temptation is really growing. Right after Arthur accused the person that pressed the button as a murderer Margot asked "If you don't even know the person?" She is basically playing the “what if” game and trying to justify her pressing the button and killing someone and then receive fifty thousand dollars in exchange.
In this short story it is fair to say that the button can symbolize a conflict. The button served as a subject of a negative argument between Arthur and Margot.In a marriage negative arguments are never a good thing especially when they are about money. After those discussions you can tell that they start looking at each other and different ways especially Arthur towards Margot. It was...