Severance Symbols & Objects

Ling Ma
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Shen Fever

Shen Fever symbolizes the ways in which people can become trapped by routine. Two of the main symptoms of Shen Fever are obliviousness to the world and the mindless repetition of rote, everyday actions. These symptoms share symbolic parallels with Candace’s everyday life, as she become trapped in her own routines and is afraid to break them.

Spectra

Spectra symbolizes corporate social dynamics that subtly oppress workers in unfulfilling lives and routines. Candace begins working at Spectra simply for stability. She finds the job unsatisfying, but she remains there for years because corporate office jobs are socially regarded as sources of safety and stability.

Immigration

Immigration symbolizes the challenges and complications caused by the need to leave one’s life behind and adopt a new way of life. Candace’s parents must face these challenges when they move from China to Utah. Candace is...

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