Pastoralia Symbols & Objects

George Saunders
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Goat (Pastoralia)

The goat symbolizes Janet and the protagonist’s dependence on the corporation. Without daily sustenance from the corporation, they risk hunger and starvation. This parallels their monetary dependence on the corporation.

Cave Exhibit (Pastoralia)

The cave exhibit symbolizes Janet and the protagonist’s humiliation and confinement at the hands of the corporation. Because Janet and the protagonist depend of the corporation for money and survival, they must spend most of their waking hours in the cave, pretending to be cave people.

The Employee Remixing (Pastoralia)

The Employee Remixing symbolizes the corporation’s disregard for the fate and wellbeing of its employees. The Remixing is a thinly veiled term for layoffs, and the corporation is fully willing to use both layoffs and the threat of layoffs to control its employees in ruthless ways.

Coworker Evaluations (Pastoralia)

The coworker evaluations symbolize the protagonist’s sense of mercy...

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