Stranger in the House Symbols & Objects

MacDonald, Patricia J.
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Amnesia

Karen’s amnesia symbolizes the urgent mystery of murder. Due to her concussion, Karen cannot remember what happened in the abandoned restaurant. Thus, she and the other characters all struggle to find the truth. Ultimately, even after Karen’s memory returns, the truth remains obscure to the likes of Tom and Rasbach.

Karen’s Identity

Karen’s true identity symbolizes her secretiveness and, ultimately, her affinity for manipulation. Karen says that she changed her identity in order to escape an abusive marriage. However, as the narrative ultimately reveals to the reader, she actually changed her identity so she could steal $2 million dollars from her husband.

Car Crash

Karen’s car crash represents an aberrant moment of recklessness on Karen’s part. Karen has been meticulous for years in her effort to escape her past. However, she panics during her escape form the murder scene, and she...

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