The Dutch House Symbols & Objects

Ann Patchett
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The Dutch House

The Dutch House symbolizes Danny's emotional and psychological realms. Just like the house, Danny's interior world appears impossible to enter or to navigate. A fixture in and representation of Danny's complicated childhood past, the house often resembles those facets of Danny's emotions he is unwilling to confront and grow beyond. After he reenters the Dutch House, he is finally able to move forwards with his life, to sort the dark annals of his past and move into a new future.

Maeve

Maeve's character symbolizes family and home. Because Danny lost both his parents and his place at the Dutch House as a young man, his sense of stability is intertwined with memories of and experiences with his sister. Whenever Danny is with Maeve, he is the most at ease, the most open and honest with himself. Whenever he fears losing Maeve, Danny feels out...

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