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What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

Created: 09/10/17

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davinamw

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What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key? Do you think that makes Kellen giving her her own key to his house more or less important to her?


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jenniferj

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RE: What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

Wavy is not allowed to have healthy boundaries in her life. She is moved around like an object and subject to the volatile behavior of those around her. Doors are boundaries to a house. Doors let us keep out strangers and wild animals and the weather. They allow us quiet time away from other family members. She had no control of who came in to her life or how they treated her. What little control she had could be broken by anyone she came into contact with, just like an unlocked door can be opened.


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Rosieglitter

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RE: What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

I think the author is saying that Wavy had no control over her life. The parents in her life were not responsible people who protected her and looked out for her best interest. She was on her own at a very early age.


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ScribblingScribe

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RE: What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

I think she is showing that in Wavy's world, there are no boundaries that cannot be crossed. No one cared to protect her or her possessions. Her life wasn't protected. She was independent and free to come and go. Kellen giving her a key showed Wavy she did have a safe harbor--a place where she was loved and protected.


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bestmartin

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RE: What do you think the author's trying to say about Wavy's life when she states that the doors to her house are always unlocked and probably don't even have a key?

I really like what ScribblingScribe said and I agree. She wasn't able to have healthy boundaries until she met Kellen. His giving her the key to his house was so symbolic and so powerful for her. It opened a new world of possibilities for her where she could be safe and secluded.


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