I think Cole's life is symbolized by a dog. Dogs learn new tricks almost quickly, and also learn things from experiences. Cole learns how to control his anger throughout the novel, and he also learns his anger earlier then he should; at a young age.
I like this connection between Cole and a dog. Both him and the dog also bark or respond angrily to almost anything before they are trained.
Cole has a connection with the relationship between Garvey and the at'oow. The author said, "When Cole spotted the colorful blanket beside him, he felt a sudden warmth" (Mikaelsen 104). I think Cole also finds warmth with Garvey and Edwin because they helped him through a lot. They've stayed with him on his side through so much I'm starting to believe that Cole finds more happiness with them than his own parents.
I think that Cole's life can be compared to a white dandelion. When you blow on the flower, the seed pods flow with the wind and fly to a different area to grow another one. They don't know where they are going to go or what they are going to do. Cole's life is full of different paths and doors. He just needs to go the right paths and open the right doors. If he doesn't, then he would end up in the same place in his life that he is now.
Cole's life can also be compared to a burning ember. Cole's aggressive nature has lead people to believe that he will not change, but like a burning ember he will eventually cool down.
I believe a pine tree could also symbolize Cole's experiences. The pine tree does not rely on other trees to help keep them up, and Cole does not rely on other people to keep going with his life.
I think Cole's life is kind of like the at'oow because it always manages to be at the right place at the right time. The at'oow always ended up where Cole was. I feel like Cole does the same thing. Cole happened to be where peter was when he fought him, he was at a different island when the storm came so he couldn't leave, and he happened to see the spirit bear twice, both in different spots.
I think the bear symbolizes something in Cole's life. The bear never wanted to hurt Cole he was just trying to protect himself from Cole. Like Cole was trying to protect himself from his father. When Cole made the bear mad the bear went all out on Cole while he was attacking Cole. Like Cole did on Peter. The bear also had a lot of pride. Like Cole did.
The author states," the seagulls began pecking at his arms and legs. Cole couldn't open his eyes, but he jerked his arm" (Mikaelsen). Cole is kind of like the seagulls. They're attacking his body and being annoying and Cole can be like that as well. He hurts people physically and mentally too.
Cole is also related to a burning ember because he is the result or something bad.
I think Cole's life can be compared to a dog chew toy because dogs like to play and rip open the toy and Cole's body got torn open by the bear. For example, the author says" The bear was on him again. dragging him down its breath rotton,"(Mikaelsen).