The Leavers: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Lisa Ko
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Deming/Daniel's Name

Deming’s two names—Deming Guo and Daniel Wilkinson—are symbols of his connection and/or disconnection from his roots. When, in order to assimilate Deming into Ridgeborough, Kay and Peter change his name to Deming, it is symbolic of the cultural erasure that assimilation often entails.

Peter's Stereo System

Peter’s stereo system from his younger days before meeting Kay is a symbol of a shared connection with Deming, who also loves music. The stereo also represents the material wellbeing that Kay and Peter’s home offers to Deming.

Disney World

Disney World in Orlando, Florida is symbolic of Deming’s mother’s fun personality and Kay’s older, more uptight and academic one. Deming’s mother, Polly, wants to take Deming to Disney World, but Kay does not. This disagreement stands as an example of their differing personalities.

Daniel's Growth Chart

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