Lake Success Symbols & Objects

Gary Shteyngart
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Barry’s Trip

Barry’s cross-country trip symbolizes Barry’s search for meaning and personal reinvention. Having become disillusioned with his personal and professional life, Barry flees from New York in the hopes of discovering deeper happiness. Eventually, Barry returns to a similar life as before, although he has perhaps gained a better sense self and of personal scrupulousness.

Insider Trading

Insider trading symbolizes the often predatory and unethical nature of American financial situations. Because Barry made illegal trades coordinated with unethical companies, Barry is investigated by the FBI. However, even when Barry is finally arrested, he is given only a fine instead of jail time, as the American justice system favors the wealthy.

Watches

Watches symbolize the desire for order and meaning. Barry is highly interested in collecting valuable watches, as he is interested in both their monetary value and their inner workings. However, Barry eventually...

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