Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Contributed by Fernande Huls
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.

The logs left on the beach by Rachel, and said by Dr. Cawley to be seen in Teddy’s nightmares, are a symbol of the three murdered children, either Rachel’s or Teddy’s. When Teddy saw the logs floating in the lake he did not immediately realize that they were not logs at all but the bodies of his children. Each time the logs are seen on the island, they symbolize the children’s bodies in the lake.

Rachel Salando 

According to Dr. Cawley’s version of events, Rachel is a symbol of Teddy’s wife Dolores Chanal. Not only is Rachel Solando’s name an anagram of Dolores’, but she also symbolizes Dolores’ crimes. Teddy is in able to come to terms with what his wife did so Rachel symbolizes her in his delusion.

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