As She Climbed Across the Table Symbols & Objects

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Lack

Lack symbolizes the allure of the unknown and the unfamiliar. Lack appears to be an entirely new scientific phenomenon, and the main narrative hinges on characters’ attempts to understand Lack’s nature and defining properties. These dynamics parallel the overall motivations behind scientific inquiry, which seek to understand and define the natural world.

Alice’s Love for Lack

Alice’s love and obsession towards Lack symbolize the unhealthy personal dynamics that curiosity may possibly instill within a person. While the other scientists appear able to control their fascination with Lack at healthy levels, Alice’s fascination with Lack grows monomaniacal and takes over her life. The novel thereby represents how curiosity can be destructive if not contained.

Philip’s Love for Alice

Philip’s love for Alice symbolizes the ways in which interpersonal love can fundamentally define a person’s sense of self and identity. Towards...

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