Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Setting & Symbolism

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Woodstove

Virgil Byrnes forces his three-year-old daughter's face against a wood stove, burning her, in retaliation against his wife during an argument. Byrnes then refuses to allow the young girl to have her scars fixed, saying they will make her tougher.

Notebook

Moby gives Sarah Byrnes a notebook to write in and share her plans with him. Instead, Sarah Byrnes uses the notebook to write Moby a letter explaining her situation and her desperation to get away from her father.

Hunting Knife

Virgil Byrnes attacks Moby with a hunting knife in an attempt to learn where his daughter is living. Moby tells when Virgil threatens to cut his throat. Moby lives, but he has a cut on his cheek and a knife wound in his shoulder.

The Christian Cruiser

Ellerby drives a car that is called the Christian Cruiser because he has written comments of religious connotation on...

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