Spoonbenders Symbols & Objects

Daryl Gregory
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Money

Money symbolizes desperation in the novel. All of the characters have previously experienced or are continually experiencing financial insecurity. As such, the characters are drawn back into their icon lifestyles, often spearheaded by Teddy and Frankie.

Sex

Sex symbolizes transgression and emotional dependency in the novel. Sex is seen in the novel as Matty's improper thoughts about his cousin, a fixation which he knows is fundamentally inappropriate. Additionally, sex may be a method of cementing the foundation of a relationship as in the case of Irene and Joshua.

Sibling bonds

Sibling bonds symbolize family relationships and destruction of the family structure in the novel. The Telemachus siblings do not provide unwavering support for each other, instead actively avoiding family activities.

Identity

Identity symbolizes uncertainty and doubt in the novel. For Irene, her identity is composed so heavily of her role in her tight-knit family show business...

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