Hot Milk Symbols & Objects

Deborah Levy
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Pablo's Dog

Pablo’s Dog is chained which is symbolic of Sofia feeling constrained by her life and her mother and her desire to break free.

Medusas

The medusas are symbolic of Sofia’s desire to feel something. If she does not feel loved, then she can experience the pain of the stings on her skin.

Beloved/Beheaded

Sofia’s misreading of the word beheaded for beloved symbolizes how she wants to be viewed by someone else. It is not merely that she wants Ingrid to love her. Sofia desires any kind of love.

Nudity

Nudity symbolizes Sofia’s vulnerability in accepting herself and deciding what she wants.

Wheelchair

The wheelchair symbolizes Rose’s reliance on Sofia and her fear in her daughter leaving her alone.

Driving

Driving symbolizes Rose wanting to help Sofia learn to drive so that Sofia may feel as though she must continue...

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