The Invention of Hugo Cabret Symbols & Objects

Brian Selznick
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Clock

Clocks are devices used to keep time, and are found throughout the novel in both public and private residences and buildings. Clocks require great mechanical care and setting, and Hugo’s family has long been established in clock maintenance, building, and repair. Hugo himself is trained to take care of clocks, and cares for 27 brass clocks that are arranged throughout the train station in which he lives. They come to symbolize time for Hugo, for time seems to have stood still following the death of his father and the disappearance of his uncle: time becomes Hugo's life.

Notebook

A notebook full of detailed notes and technical drawings about the automaton was kept by Hugo’s father. When his father died, the notebook becames one of Hugo’s two most prized and valued possessions, including the automaton. Much of the novel is spent in agony for Hugo...

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