Turtles All the Way Down Symbols & Objects

Green, John
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Aza's Callus

The callus on Aza's finger is a symbol of (and the subject of) Aza's spiraling anxiety. She pinches the same spot on her finger continually as a way of proving that she is real. This is similar to how people pinch themselves to see if they are dreaming. Eventually, a callus forms over the spot, and Aza must keep it clean and bandaged because she is afraid of infection. She often finds herself cleaning and checking the callus over and over again compulsively because she cannot control her fears and anxious thoughts. The callus is indicative of the senselessness of Aza's condition. If she were able to control herself or think reasonably, she would simply stop pinching herself and therefore not have to worry about the callus, but there is no making sense of chronic, severe anxiety.

"Harold"

Aza's car, a teal Toyota Corolla she...

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