Characters Quotes Symbols Themes
Who is Catherine "Kya" Clark?
Protagonist of the story.
Who is Kya Clark?
"I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full."
What is a crawdad?
Critter symbolizing a connection to the natural state, rather than being shaped and formed into something tamer and more acceptable to society.
Who is Tate Walker?
Eventual life partner of the protagonist.
Who is Ma?
"Go way out yonder where the crawdads sing"
What are the seagulls?
Animals that provided the protagonist with a sense of constancy, connection and ability to turn to nature for companionship.
Who is Jumpin'?
Runs the gas station and provides supplies to the protagonist (also becomes like a father figure).
Who is Scupper Walker?
Fisherman who proclaims his love for poetry, declaring that it "makes ya feel something."
What is the shell necklace?
Object that was given to a love interest and became a a symbol of reclaiming her power over their relationship when she took it back.
Who is Miss Pansy Price?
Referred to the protagonist as "swamp trash" when protagonist was a child (and corroborated protagonist's alibi later in the book).
Who is "Amanda Hamilton"?
"Luring him was as easy
As flashing valentines.
But like a lady firefly
They hid a secret call to die"
What is a feather?
Object representing a piece of nature often overlooked, and eventually came to represent a long-lasting friendship.

Where the Crawdads Sing

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