Nutshell Symbols & Objects

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The Womb

The author uses the womb to symbolize the interpretation of the world through a filter. As the narrator cannot actually see the outside world, he must infer and use his sense of hearing in order to observe the outside world. Throughout the novel it becomes clear that due to this, the narrator has a different view of the world.

Umbilical cord

The author uses the umbilical cord to symbolize the narrator's dependence and connection to his mother. While it does provide nourishment to the narrator, it also provides him with alcohol, it demonstrates his mother's carefree connection to the narrator.

Owl

The author uses owls to symbolize women. This is shown in the heated conversation between Elodie and Trudy. Trudy sees owls as dangerous, like her, while Elodie sees them as somewhat innocent and wise, like herself.

Gloves

The author uses gloves to symbolize shame...

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