ACCORDION=HOPE-The accordion symbolizes hope. After the original owner of the beloved, joy-bringing item passes away, Hans inherits the instrument. Hans knows he must be strong after dealing with the loss of his best friend. He carries the accordion with him as a sign of hope. He understands that it wasn't the end. When Hans leaves for the war, Rosa falls asleep with the accordion strapped to her. She has hope that Hans will come out alive.