The Sense of an Ending Symbols & Objects

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Severn Bore

This natural event in which the river Severn reacts with the ocean and causes a wave represents the impossible in Tony's life and how it can still take place, no matter how logically ridiculous it might seem. More specifically, it can symbolize his rekindling of his relationship with Veronica.

Adrian's Math Formula

Quite literally this seemingly mismatched jumble of symbols and variables holds the key to the events leading to Adrian's suicide (A=Anthony/Adrian B=Baby M=Mother V=Veronica). As soon as Tony realizes the truth in the pub he is able to decipher this.

Adrian's Diary

More than just Adrian's thoughts leading up his suicide, this diary symbolizes Tony's past life, when he was really friends with Adrian and dating Veronica. He is desperately chasing after this past and the diary, not to learn more about Adrian's last days, but to rediscover...

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