When I'm Gone Symbols & Objects

Bleeker, Emily
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Luke’s childhood house

Luke’s house symbolizes abuse and his painful childhood. Luke notes that even with the new paint and renovations, it cannot hide the evil that occurred there. He still sees the blood of his mother and dead sister when he returns there.

Natalie’s phone

Natalie’s phone symbolizes Natalie’s presence. Clayton has adopted the phone as his new mother, needing to sleep with it every night. Luke continues to ring it and leave messages for Natalie.

Dr. Neal Townsend

Dr. Neal symbolizes Natalie’s secret life. Having never heard of this man while she was alive, Luke is confused about the secrecy regarding his identity and the relationship he had had with his wife. The mystery surrounding him makes Luke question everything he thought he knew about Natalie.

Luke’s suit

Luke’s suit that he wears to Natalie’s funeral...

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