Eden Close Setting & Symbolism

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Shotgun

Edith Close uses a shotgun to kill her husband, Jim. However, Edith's target was her daughter, Eden.

Rifle

Andrew's father carried a rifle to the Close home on the night of the shooting, expecting to find an intruder in the house.

Oxydol Box

When Edith found the infant Jim would later name Eden, she was in an Oxydol box.

Tennis Shoes

Andrew buys Eden a pair of tennis shoes so that he can take her on walks, specifically to the pond.

Sunglasses

Andrew buys Eden a pair of sunglasses because her blindness prevents her from instinctively closing her eyes to the sun's bright rays.

Hairbrush and Shampoo

Andrew washes and brushes Eden's hair with her own hairbrush and shampoo because it appears to have gone unwashed for a long period of time, suggesting that Edith is not caring for her blind daughter as well as she should...

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