Salvage the Bones: A Novel Setting & Symbolism

Jesmyn Ward
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Puppies

The puppies are very important throughout the novel, representing both the financial well-being of the family and Esche's chances at successful motherhood.

Jugs

Daddy's liquor jugs are used to collect water for use during the hurricane.

Chickens

The family owns many chickens, but none of them use the chicken coop any longer.

Basketballs

Randall is a very talented basketball player, and his family hopes that he will be picked up for basketball camp. He is usually seen practicing his skills.

Dewormer

Skeetah insists on using cow dewormer to keep his puppies alive.

Boards

Much of Esche's house is in ruins, and many boards are piled up in the yard as scrap to use against the hurricane.

Pictures

Pictures of the sibling's mother are seen frequently throughout the house and in fact Daddy takes several of them with them when they escape from the hurricane.

The House

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