This object symbolizes Elliot's shame and embarrassment surrounding his role in society since returning from his military tour of duty in Iraq. He does not ever publicly interact with this object unless he is on the premises of his workplace, for he is ashamed that a former war hero has been forced by his level of recurring pain to take a minimum-wage job upon returning to the United States.
This object symbolizes the self. This object's destruction by Elliot represents the tremendous self-loathing he feels when he realizes that his decision to go to work that day has resulted in his inability to tell his mother goodbye on the day of her death.
This object symbolizes the courage to conquer one's own fears. ChutesandLadders explains to Odessa/Haikumom and Madeleine/Orangutan that he has been terrified of the ocean ever since his near-drowning...
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