Skellig | Study Guide

David Almond

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Skellig | Symbols



Mina's mom opens a pomegranate and cuts it into quarters. As she and the children eat the seeds, they discuss the significance of the fruit and the role it plays in the story of Persephone. The pomegranate is the symbol for Persephone, a character who, like Michael's sister, is forced to struggle out of the darkness and into the light.


Bones and skeletons appear throughout the novel. There are bits of bones in the pellets Skellig produces. Skellig's own shoulder blades and the bones in his wings are mentioned multiple times. Michael's teacher provides Michael with a drawing of a human skeleton. Mina shows Michael a bird's bone and describes its hollow nature. She also shows him pictures of the fossilized skeleton of an Archaeopteryx. Bones, in Skellig, symbolize the underlying nature of things. They symbolize the reality underneath the mystery of what Skellig is and the reality that life ends in death no matter what mystery is inherent in existence.

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