The Life We Bury Symbols & Objects

Allen Eskens
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Joe's Apartment

Joe's apartment symbolizes his freedom from his mother and his past, as well as his intent to build a new life. His willingness to allow Jeremy to live with him is indicative of his fraternal love and caring.

Trial Transcripts

At Lila's suggestion, Joe obtains a copy of the trial transcripts for his research, and the horrible things that happened to Crystal make both Joe and Lila hate Carl. The transcripts also show inconsistencies in the case which suggest Carl's possible innocence, and they symbolize the differences between justice and injustice.

Carl's Shed

Carl's shed is where Crystal's body was dumped and burned. It symbolizes the main evidence of Carl's guilt.

Crystal's Fingernail

Crystal's fingernail, found on Carl's porch, was also used as evidence against him, but Joe and Lila use it to prove that Carl's DNA is not underneath the nail. Eventually, this DNA...

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