Miller's Valley Symbols & Objects

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Sump pump

A sump pump can be heard running in the early chapters of the novel and symbolizes the duplicity of the government and the flood to come. The sump pumps are necessary to prevent the house from flooding as the water table rises in the valley. A second sump pump must eventually be added as the government increases the water table in the valley to force the people out. That the sump pumps are running almost all the time in turn denotes that eventually, all the sump pumps in the world will not be enough to stop the major flood that is coming.

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam is a massive water-retaining construction near Miller’s Valley that symbolizes both the duplicity and shortsightedness of the government. Roosevelt Dam was originally constructed to create a reservoir to provide tourism and water to the area. However, the reservoir...

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