The Family Fang Symbols & Objects

Kevin Wilson
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Performance Art Pieces

Caleb and Camille’s performance art pieces symbolize the destructive effects of prioritizing art over all other concerns. Caleb and Camille’s art pieces are designed to cause discomfort for people, including Caleb and Camille’s own children. These dynamics cause much strain on Caleb and Camille’s relationships with Annie and Buster.

The Song

The song that Annie and Buster sing as children—and that they rediscover as adults—symbolizes the necessity of creating a healthy distance between oneself and one’s parents. The lyrics of the song state “Kill all parents so you can keep living” (276). Because Caleb and Camille are essentially abusive parents, Annie and Buster cut ties with them in order to allow themselves to flourish.

‘Child A’ and ‘Child B’

The labels ‘Child A’ and ‘Child B’ symbolize the way in which Caleb and Camille’s work often stripped...

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