Notes of a Crocodile Symbols & Objects

Qiu Miaojin
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Crocodile

The crocodile, in addition to its role as the narrator's alter ego, represents the gender and sexually non-conforming, the queer or LGBTQ community at large in Taiwan. The narrator refers to the crocodile with a gender-neutral pronoun, "it," to further support this notion. The mainstream media treat the crocodile as a celebrity or a scientific, academic, or legal subject, stripping the crocodile of its agency and paralleling the lack of public agency at this time in the queer community.

The human suit

Costumes or masks work as disguises, tools to conceal an identity. The human suit represents the act queer people must perform to repress their identity and function in mainstream society. However, the human suit can also work as a critique of the deception required to fit in and succeed in society, which aligns with the narrator's running anti-society commentary.

Prison

Prison and associated language...

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