Shelter: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Jung Yun
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Mae's List

Mae's list of items she owns is symbolic of her decision to commit suicide. The list includes all the items that survived the rampage at their home in Marlboro Heights, and all the items at their beach house, along with which of Mae's friends was to get that item. The list is also symbolic of Mae's feelings for Gillian, which says that Gillian can have anything that is left over.

The Fork

This object is symbolic of Mae's ability as a decorator. She presents the fork to Carol, who was missing the piece from her set, after spending hours finding it. The fact that Mae was capable of finding the missing piece shows her dedication to detail as well as her kindness toward others.

The Korean Language

The Korean language is symbolic of the Cho's ethnicity, and the fact that Kyung no longer speaks it...

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