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While the Ice Court prison is the most obvious example of the ice image, it's also reinforced with Matthias' "The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive" proverb, representing the coldness of his emotional state before meeting the crows. The ice and snow-covered plane on which the crew finds the bodies of the burning Grisha further reinforces the image of ice, and shows the bleak conditions under which Fjerdan Grisha live.
The image of the crow makes multiple appearances throughout Six of Crows. Kaz Brekker's cane is topped with the carving of a crow, and the gambling den that Per Haskell's gang owns is called the Crow Club. The Crows serve as a symbol for the crew, and the destruction that they bring- crows are traditionally a symbol of death.
The lynx is initially presented as the animal disguise that Inej was forced to wear as a slave in the Menagerie brothel, a symbol of her oppression and the unspeakable things that were done to her. Later in the novel, however, when she is forced to put the costume on again and disguise herself as a member of the Menagerie for the sake of the mission, the lynx represents her power and the strength she has gained since leaving the brothel. The image of the lynx is also conjured with every description of Inej’s grace and agility, further showing how her former prison became her strength.
The color red
The color red is presented multiple times- first as the hair color of most native Kerch women, serving as a symbol of color in an otherwise dark and dreary country, and later when Matthias refers to Nina as his “little red bird.” In both cases the color red symbolizes a light in the darkness, a flash of hope when it cannot be found elsewhere.
Ships and shipwrecks are present throughout the entire novel, from the shipwreck that stranded Nina and Matthias alone together a year before the opening chapter, to the ships that transport the characters from Kerch to Fjerda and back again, to the exploding decoy ship at the end of the book. Ships serve as a symbol for new beginnings- of new relationships and new missions.
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