The Ensemble Symbols & Objects

Aja Gabel
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Fodorio's Card and the Photo of Gisella

The card from Fodorio and the photo of Gisella are two contrasting symbols which together represent the promises and pitfalls of a different life path as a musician. The card Fodorio gives Henry is an offer of fame and success founded on talent and charisma. However, the photograph of Fodorio’s daughter Gisella, whom he has not seen in a long time, is a reminder of the costs that success can bring: a loss of family and human connection.

Cake

The image of cake occurs twice in the novel, in Parts One and Four, framing all the character arcs with a symbol of living life to its fullest. When Daniel’s fear drives him away from a true relationship with Brit during their first Esterhazy competition, he brings her a slice of cake as an apology and reconciliation. She accepts...

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