Celine by Peter Heller Symbols & Objects

Peter Heller
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Celine’s Daughter

Celine’s long-lost daughter symbolizes the persistent pain of familial separation. Celine is heavily motivated by this pain, for she was likely motivated to become a private investigator in part due to her desire to find her long-lost daughter. Moreover, Celine generally takes cases that involve reuniting families.

Tala

Tala the wolf symbolizes the disruptive and destructive effects of familial absence. In Yellowstone, Celine hears the tale of an alpha female wolf named Tala whose pack disintegrated after Tala died. Celine sees this story as reflective of the inherently inimical effects of a family member’s absence.

Paul’s Disappearance

Paul’s disappearance symbolizes the conflicting and complex natures of altruism. Paul fakes his death in order to escape pressure from the government, as well as to secure his daughter’s financial future. However, Paul’s self-sacrifice has inimical emotional effects on Gabriela, who...

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