Quiet Until the Thaw Symbols & Objects

Fuller, Alexandra
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Rain

The rain in the final part of the novel is representative of wasing away You Choose Watson's grief. The rain finally passes through the draught-striken land just as You Choose allows his emotions to pour through his thick-skinned facade.

Horserace

The horserace in Wyoming is symbolic of the way Indians are barred from taking place in American society in a way that would benefit them. Because Jerusalem and Daniel are different and are no match for the other riders, they are unfairly disqualified. This reveals that they are ultimatly powerless.

Indian War Ponies

This is symbolic of the Oglala Lakota connection to the animals of the natural world. Described as siblings of one another, the Oglala Lakota and the horse create a union that is more beneficial than working alone. Rick Overlooking Horse coexists with them in his meadow, and trades them as necessary. As Jerusalem...

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