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The River Why Setting & Symbolism

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Tamanawis River

The location where Gus moves to when he buys his own house by the river. It is here where he plays out his Ideal Schedule and eventually sees and feels the presence of a higher being. As Bill Bob points out, the Tamanawis River constantly asks the question "why?" with its shape.

Nijinsky

The name of the fish that brought H20 and Ma together when they were younger. Through a pre-arranged deal for sponsorship money, they agree to tell everyone that the large fish was caught on H2O's rod, even though Ma had actually caught it. Gus later destroys the fish, essentially freeing the family from the lie.

Rodney

Gus's custom, handmade rod and reel, Rodney becomes Gus's best friend before he meets Eddy. He talks to Rodney as if he is human throughout his fishing adventures.

Rodneyette

Gus makes a version of Rodney for...

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