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This Tender Land Symbols & Objects

William Kent Krueger
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Odie's Harmonica

Odie's harmonic symbolizes a connection to the past. Given to him by his father, the harmonica is a tangible tie between Odie's lost family and his present life. Whenever he plays the harmonica, he is able to touch his listeners' hearts, reminding them of days past, of their deepest and most significant memories.

The Quiet Room

The quiet room symbolizes lack of freedom. Whenever Odie has misbehaved, he is sent to the space, often by himself. While the quiet room allows Odie's narrative the room for reflection on and explanation of Odie's life and circumstances, the space literally and metaphorically bars Odie from his friends and family. The quiet room represents all of the loss and resulting entrapment Odie feels since his parents died.

The Frost's Farm

The Frost's farm symbolizes hope. Cora and Emmy Frost are two of the only kind faces in the...

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