Bridge to Terabithia

by

Katherine Paterson

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Bridge to Terabithia Symbols

Running

Throughout the novel, running is an ongoing symbol of freedom and escape. At the start of the story, as Jesse Aarons (or “Jess,” as his friends and family call him) prepares for the start of…

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Prince Terrien

Prince Terrien represents the tendency for love to perpetuate itself. As Christmas approaches, Jess struggles mightily with how to get his relatively new friend Leslie a gift that will accurately reflect how important she’s become…

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The Bridge to Terabithia

The titular bridge to Terabithia initially symbolizes the connection between real life and the imaginary, and eventually comes to represent a how grief can be utilized and redirected in a positive way. When Jess and…

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