All My Puny Sorrows Symbols & Objects

Miriam Toews
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The von Reisen family house

The von Reison Family home symbolizes community, family, safety, roots, ties to the past and even a sense of self. At the beginning of the novel, Yoli and Elf lose their family home. By losing their home the sisters are set adrift in the world. They no longer have any ties to the past or any sense of security. They must now face the world alone.

Fire

The type of fire presented in the novel foreshadows great loss and destruction of the family standing around it. Uncontrolled fire symbolizes destruction, danger and even loss of life. It is only controlled that fire is a source of warmth and comfort. After the loss of their home, the von Reisen family goes camping and manages to explode a propane stove.

Glass Piano

The Glass Piano is a symbol of Elf's inner agony. Glass is...

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