"My father is leaning against a tall tree across the street.... But of course the man across the street isn't actually my father." (9)
"I enter my room with its polished wood floors, desert-brown walls, and heavy furniture." (10)
"Hate ricochets, but kindness does too." (Julian, 178)
Characterization Throughout the story, we learn more and more about Julian's life, and who he is as a person. We learn about the death of both of his parents, and the toll that had on him.
"My Father is asking me something: 'How many stars?' 'I don't know.' 'You know the rules.' His voice is gentle. 'How many?' I look up at the pitch-black sky. 'I don't see any stars.'" (217-218)
Imagery Julian describes what his room is like inside of Russell's house.
"My stuttering laughter echoes inside the trunk. My breath comes easier now. I look up, watching the lid expand higher and higher until it isn't there at all. I'm lying beneath an infinite star-filled sky." (202)
Theme Although there are many themes in this novel, the most predominant one is 'kindness is always an option.'
ROE, ROBIN. LIST OF CAGES. DISNEY PR, 2018.
Flashback Julian often has flashbacks of a better time before his parents died.
Symbolism Stars are the biggest symbols used through out this entire book. They are used to describe what once was, and Julian's past life.