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Literary Symbols Used In Shelter By Harlan Coben

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Shelter is a book about discovering who you are. It began with a kid named Mickey Bolitare and his uncle, Myron. Mickey witnessed his father’s death so he is now living with his uncle unwillingly. His life falls apart til he meets Ashley. Ashley is a newbie in school like him, and the second he sees her he falls for her. This girl is the reason his life is livable; until she disappears without a trace. He won't let anyone else leave him, he's lost too much already. On his search for Ashley he meets the Bat Lady who tells him his father is in fact still alive. But Mickey watched his father die right in front of him. With this information he breaks into her house and finds nothing. Except for a symbol that he has now seen everywhere. A butterfly. Now his mind is storming with thoughts of if his father really is alive. He continues his search, and he won’t stop until he knows the truth. In the novel Shelter by Harlan Coben the author uses multiple literary elements such as symbolism, conflict and foreshadowing. First literary element the author uses is symbolism. When Mickey Bolitar first breaks into Bat Lady house, who is also known as the strange old woman everyone is afraid of who also never comes out of her house. As he walks through Bat lady house he encounters a black and white photograph with four people with a t-shirt that has a butterfly on it with what looks like an eye on one of the wing. He repeatedly see’s the butterfly symbol throughout the book even on his
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