The House of Broken Angels Symbols & Objects

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Big Angel's Watch

Big Angel’s watch, which he frequently consults throughout the novel, represents Big Angel’s attention to time and his distaste for arriving late. This obsession also represents Big Angel’s own ticking time, as he nears the end of his life.

The “My Silly Prayers” Notebooks

Big Angel’s notebooks, given to him by Dave, represent his attachment to life. In them, Big Angel writes down all of the things for which - and people for whom - he is grateful. They also represent his attempt to reconcile with the fact of death, by reminding himself of what he can do.

La Gloriosa’s Scar

La Gloriosa’s scar, which she received during her cesarean birth to her son, Guillermo, is a symbol of motherly love and sacrifice. It is also a reminder, to La Gloriosa, of her son, who has since passed...

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