The Grammarians Symbols & Objects

Cathleen Schine
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Words and Language

In the novel, words and language symbolize personal interest as a means of defining oneself and exploring the world around oneself. The twins take an interest in words and language at a very early age, and throughout their lives, this primary interest functions as a way for the twins to express themselves and learn more about the world in general.

The Dictionary

The Wolfes’ copy of ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ by Samuel Johnson symbolizes the totemic nature of prized family possessions. After seeing that the twins have an interest in words and language, their father purchases a copy of this dictionary to encourage the twins’ interest. The book becomes a prized possession in the family, and it remains that way throughout the story.

Wolves

Wolves symbolize the twins’ rambunctious nature when they are young. Their surname is Wolfe, and because they are...

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