COLE'S LIFE HAS BEEN SYMBOLIZED MANY TIMES, THE GREATEST EXAMPLE IS HOW THE BEAR ATTACK IS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO COLE'S ATTACK ON PETER. THIS SHOWS COLE'S WEAKNESS AS COMPARED TO PETER'S WEAKNESS.
The bear's peaceful eyes are contrasted by Cole's rage filled eyes which symbolizes how much hatred Cole had
Cole can be symbolized as a animal he always thinks of people as his prey so he always is out to attack them. So he feels he can feel that he is in control.
We can symbolize Cole like the Spirit Bear because he's strong, fierce and he's not afraid of anything. Cole also doesn't like it when people play around with him, just like how the bear didn't like it when Cole threw the spear at him.
I think Cole's life can also be symbolize with an animal. This is because animals don't like it when people touch them a lot and Cole doesn't like when people bother him or anger him. For example when they sent Cole to the island he tried to leave and was frustrated.
Cole can be compared to a puzzle. He is very tricky to understand, and is seen on the outside as he makes himself to be. When you buy a puzzle, you can get any shape, form, or color. Cole displays this by making his own decisions.
Cole life is like a pen. A pen you can write something new but you can't erase it, Cole does bad things and he can't just erase that from him.
A pen can write new things also. Cole can write a new part of his life where he changes for the better.
I think Cole is like a structure built without nails because he needs other people to help him out like Garvey and Edwin. They both can't stand by themselves without something helping them. In Touching Spirit Bear, Edwin says,"Anger is a memory never forgotten. You only tame it"(Mikaelsen 110). This shows that other people are giving advice to Cole to help him out like nails help out a structure.
I think a leaf could symbolize Cole's life. Just as a leaf falls from the tree and into the earth, creating a new plant, Cole changes and brings about something new. His attitude changes and is fully ready to accept punishment for his actions. Cole said,"I . . . I know now I was wrong, and I know I can't go back to the island after what I did. That's okay"(Mikaelsen 125).
Cole can be symbolized by glass. He looks perfect, unbothered, and content when he isn't harmed or angered. Tough once something happens they both fall apart and seem unfixable.
Cole is like a ant, since Cole doesn't want to die. A ant usually dies when they are destroyed or attacked. When Cole got attacked by the bear the narrator said,"Cole grunted Angrily-he didn't want to die yet"(Mikaelsen 83). An ant cant say when it wants to die and when it'll be attacked and that's the same with Cole, he cant control when he will die or if he doesn't.
Cole is like a gumball. Cole is hard, well he seems tough, and on the inside he's sweet and soft.
Cole giving up after the bear attacks him and giving away his control symbolizes him transitioning to a more peaceful path.
I belive that a baby sparrow represents Cole. In chapter 10, Cole is on the floor and imagined a baby sparrow. The narrator said, "The young bird was helpless. It knew nothing of pride or control. It pleaded only for help, wanting nothing more than a worm brought by its mother. A worm was food, food was energy, and energy is life. The baby begged for simply life." (Mikaelson 84). The baby sparrow is like Cole with his parents. He never gets help by them and he is on his own. The most his father does is bail him out or beat him while his mother watched.
Cole can also be symbolized as a rusted car. This is because on the outside the car is dirty and old, not looking the best, and Cole isn't happy with nothing to worry about. Cole can be fixed with someone who cares and the car can also be fixed.
I could symbolize Cole's life and experiences with a roller coaster. His life has bumps, so does a roller coaster. His life has ups and downs, so does a roller coaster.