Then She Was Gone Symbols & Objects

Lisa Jewell
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Hamsters

The hamsters in Jewell's novel symbolize the neglect of Noelle's upbringing. They are symbolic of the lack of nurturing that Noelle received in her childhood. This is evident in the way that Noelle forces Ellie to care for and nurture them. They are representative of the things that Noelle has lacked in her life.

Hanna's Flat

Hanna’s flat symbolizes a life half lived. Whereas most women would relish in the opportunity to decorate their first purchased home, Hanna has opted out of the practice, choosing instead to use her flat as a landing pad in between social engagements and work. It is described as “dark and gloomy” (5), overwhelmed with overgrown plant life, it emphasizes her disinterest in building an attachment to this portion of her life through the grooming and maintenance of it.

Ellie's Lasagna

The last piece of lasagna, claimed by Ellie before she...

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