Dept. of Speculation Symbols & Objects

Jenny Offill
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Philosophy quotes/books

Throughout the course of the book the main character is frequently referencing different quotes from books or from philosophers. The quotes frequently reflect what it means to live life. For the main character, she compares what the quotes are saying to her own position in life, where she ultimately feels like she isn’t following their advice and is living an empty, unfulfilled life.

Bugs

When the family is first living together their apartment is filled with bugs, a fact that they try to hide from the rest of their family as well as their daughter. The bugs are symbolic for all of the problems that both the main character and her husband are feeling. While they do genuinely love their daughter, neither one of them were prepared for the life changes that came with starting a family. However, they don’t want anyone...

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