Still Life Symbols & Objects

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The hunting blind

The hunting blind Gamache discovers symbolizes cruelty and hidden identity. Its discovery makes it evident that Jane’s killer was a local, making Clara realize that someone she knows is hiding their true identity. She also remarks that the blind is an apt name for this device, as hunters are blind to the cruelty of what they do.

The Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts that Jane gives to Yolande as a child and then again as an adult symbolizes change. The change in appearance of the card is not due to the card changing itself, but a change in the person (Yolande) from day to day. When Yolande receives the card as an adult, she disregards it, thinking it could not possibly be the same card. The card is unrecognizable as Yolande, herself, is unrecognizable. Yolande does not understand Jane’s message, that...

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