The Circle

The Seahorse Symbol Analysis

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Another animal in the aquarium is a seahorse, which is accompanied by its “vast progeny.” In spite of giving birth to thousands of baby seahorses, the “father seahorse” is shy and unwilling to show itself to the public—instead of swimming around the tank, it hides in the corner. Eggers suggests that the seahorse symbolizes Ty Gospodinov, the “father” of the Circle. Like the seahorse, Ty is shy and he despises publicity of any kind. Also like the seahorse, Ty doesn’t seem to have much control of the company he spawned.

The Seahorse Quotes in The Circle

The The Circle quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Seahorse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Circle published in 2014.
Book Two, part 3 Quotes

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"Until next time," Stenton said finally. He nodded to Mae, and then to her watchers, who were now one hundred million, many of them terrified, many more in awe and wanting more of the same.

Related Characters: Tom Stenton (speaker), Mae Holland
Related Symbols: The Octopus, The Seahorse, The Shark
Page Number: 482
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Seahorse Symbol Timeline in The Circle

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Seahorse appears in The Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book Two, part 3
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Totalitarianism and Indoctrination Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
...has assembled three majestic animals together in the aquarium: a shark, an octopus, and a seahorse. This is the first time, she continues, that the three animals are sharing the same... (full context)
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Totalitarianism and Indoctrination Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
...“malleable and infinitely adaptable.” Before the octopus, however, the marine biologist introduces a group of seahorses into the tank. Mae notices that the “father” of the other seahorses doesn’t swim around... (full context)
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
...at the shark with “a mixture of fascination and pride.” Next, the shark eats the seahorse, followed by its thousands of babies. Then it eats the seaweed, the coral, and the... (full context)