i think that a volcano kind of represents him. When like lets say the climate keeps changing, so much pressure is building up with that volcano it exsplodes when its had enough. Like Cole went through court a bunch if times for doing so many wrong things he finally explodes and takes all of his anger out on one person.
An earthquake can symbolize Cole's life. He wrecks his foundations with his parents and wrecks his life at school. He's twisted and shook inside. He creates fear when he's around people. An earthquake also destroys everything in its path, and also creates disturbance and fear.
A tree can symbolizes Cole's life, as Cole do positive things leaves with continue to grow, And If Cole does negative things leaves will continue to fall down.
I think that we can relate Cole's life to a flag. Personally I think he can relate to a flag because when a flag touches the ground it's a sign of disrespect, and when the bear attacked Cole was knocked down and is useless. Also, when a flag is ripped apart and torn up its useless and Cole is all torn up from the bear. The author stated, "Cole's stomach churned and cramped harder" (Mikaelsen 72).
I would start by saying that the storm from chapter 9 could also go along to compare with Cole's anger. I say this because all of the quotes the author uses, here is one the author describes, "The storm raged on as Cole lay trembling, his eyes frantic" (Mikaelsen 78). We can compare this like his anger in the first few chapters of the book.