I feel Cole is more like a pine tree. The author walks around a fallen pine tree and examines it.The article says,"I stepped its length: over 20 feet, as high as many two-story houses. In comparison, the clump of roots looked diminutive, only 14 inches in diameter." (Chandler). I feel this is a lot like Cole because on the outside he seems tough and stands tall, but on the inside he is small and needs help to find his way in life.
I cant agree more. Before the bear attack, Cole wanted people to see his toughness on the outside. Cole said, "I'm not afraid of anything..."(Mikaelsen). Then after the bear attack his inner layer of softness in him sort of burst out and he cant do it by himself anymore.
I feel like Cole now is like a pine tree because he needs someone to fall on. Kate Chandler said, "Five trees falling right next to each other"(Chandler). After the bear attack Cole knew he needed someone to love him and care for him. Just like the pine trees, they need other pine trees to help them stand up.
Cole is now more like a redwood tree that is strongly rooted to the ground and not bothered by storms. He used to get mad at many things, but after the island he changed. In chapter 13, Edwin was doubting Cole about him seeing a spirit bear on the island. Instead of getting mad, Cole simply replied to Edwin with "I don't need to prove anything. I'm telling the truth" (Mikaelsen 111).
He is more like a pine tree. Because his feeling of empathy are his roots, which aren't really strong. Since he has no empathy for other people he falls. Kate Chandler says, "The minuscule diameter of these pine roots are startling. Such a small clump of roots hardly looked able to anchor a bush much less a tree" (Kate Chandler). Cole's small clump of roots, or his empathy cant hold him up.
Cole is more like a pine tree, he may look and act tough such as with the prickly leaves, but on the inside such as with the roots of the pine tree, they are weak, however when together, they are strong. "The inter-connecting root systems are the secret of their strenth and teach us a great lesson...those magnificent giants simply could not make it alone." (Chandler 2) When it comes to Cole, he cannot stand alone, he needs somebody to support him in his life."A bitter loneliness swept over Cole as tears clouded his vision." (Mikaelsen 73)
Cole is more like a redwood tree. Towards the end of the article, Chandler described the strange root system of redwoods. The author wrote, "the inter-connecting root systems are the secret of their strength and teach us a great lesson... these magnificent giants simply could not make it alone" (Chandler). This connects to Cole because he portrays himself to be strong and independent, but in reality he depends on other people to place blame on and keep him out of jail.
Cole is a redwood because he stands into a crowd and leans on support from others. When he manipulates others he is actually using there support. Kate Chandler says,"roots literally reach out to others"(Chandler2).Redwoods rely on support like Cole rely's on others to make it through life.
In the beginning I think Cole was a pine tree because he was weak at controlling his anger. The narrator states, " With anger brewing all day, he attacked him and started hitting him hard in the face with his bare fists"(Mikaelsen 7). This is when Cole could not handle his anger but I think he is more like a redwood because he has a strong root of controlling his anger. The narrator says, " As Cole turned, suddenly Edwin rushed at him and shoved him hard with both hands. The push sent Cole sprawling to the floor, yards away from the line"(Mikealsen 127). Edwin then explains," I believe something significant happened to Cole on the island. Six months ago, he would have come up off the floor swinging after a push like that"(Mikaelsen 128). Cole is more like a redwood tree and the moment with roots strong and experienced.
Cole is more like a redwood tree because later on in the book Touching Spirit Bear Cole looks for people to reach out to and help him. In the article No Redwood Is an Island the author quotes, "I had heard how redwoods' roots literally reach out to others" (Chandler).
Cole is more of a pine tree than a redwood. In the article Kate told us that hurricane Isabel knocked down a numerous amount of pines. the relation between these are that the storm is Cole's anger and the toppling is his mental breakdowns. Pine trees have shallow roots unlike redwood trees which extend their roots. The roots of a pine tree are like Cole's feelings and trust. Throughout the book we see he doesn't trust people nor expresses his feelings.