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The Cement Garden Setting & Symbolism

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Cement

The substance that Jack learns to mix and Jack and Julie encase their Mother's corpse in.

The Cement Garden

The cement garden is Father's garden full of plants and cement paths he built. Before his heart attack, it is an obsession of his, a place where he can hide himself from the world.

The Trunk

The trunk is where Jack and Julie cement Mother's corpse.

Mother's Corpse

When Mother dies, Jack and Julie place her corpse in a trunk and cover it with cement; later, the trunk cannot hold the cement and it cracks, releasing the faint odor of Mother's rotting corpse.

Masturbation

Jack is a serial masturbator.

Julie's Bikini

Julie wears a green bikini when she sunbathes. Jack watches her lustfully when she does so.

Tom's Bib

When Tom starts acting like a baby, he starts wearing a bib.

Sue's Diary

Sue constantly journals as her...

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