Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Contributed by Greta Venegas
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.
Perry’s Facebook Photos

Celeste describes how Perry is always taking and posting his family pictures to his Facebook wall. She also says that he would sometimes write something like “the boys have their first white Christmas” (Moriarty 55). It is apparent that Perry is presenting his family as the perfect family. For Perry, the Facebook pictures represent his pride because everyone always comments positively about their family, as well as how lucky they are to have such a perfect family. 

Abigail’s Veganism

Early in the book, Abigail decides to become a vegan. She tells her mother, “I think I’m going vegan” (Moriarty 65). She loves and idealizes Bonnie, who is also a vegan. Therefore, Abigail’s veganism is a symbol of her adoration and desire to be close to Bonnie. Further evidence of her closeness to Bonnie is demonstrated when she helps Bonnie with completing her community service sentence. Finally, it also represents her desire to live with Bonnie and adopt her yoga lifestyle. Madeline notes that after moving in with Bonnie and Nathan, Abigail changed her Facebook profile, and put a picture of herself taking a yoga class.

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