We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by

Karen Joy Fowler

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Symbols

Cages and Cells

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is concerned with the relationship between humans and animals (and the ways in which humans abuse that relationship), and thus cages and cells play a central role. Rosemary and…

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Lab Rats

At several points in the novel Rosemary refers to laboratory rats in an abstract sense, discussing their use in scientific experiments, and their symbolic importance then becomes more concrete when Lowell is allowed to keep…

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Madame Defarge

Madame Defarge is a ventriloquist’s dummy that Rosemary and Harlow find inside the suitcase Rosemary is mistakenly given after the airline loses her own. At first, Rosemary is reluctant about taking out Madame Defarge, both…

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