Another theme that symbolizes Cole's life it the weather on the island. As Cole was ready to give up and die the storm grew louder and lightning striked on the island. That referred to Cole and how he was feeling on the inside and what Cole was feeling was intense pain, loneliness , and scared.
I believe so as well. The weather is gloomy and rainy a lot, and this could symbolize how Cole feels at the time. In the story it says, "A clear horizon showed under a dark blanket of clouds" (Mikaelsen 96). I think that this shows that the dark blankets are leaving, like how his anger is leaving. The clear horizon shows a change.
The leaning tower of pizza could symbolize Coles life. This could symbolize his life because thee leaning tower of pizza is going to eventually fall because it was not meant to lean. Coles life is starting to lean and if he doesnt change and get his life straight he will also eventually fall and have nothing to get him back up.
I think Cole is like a glass vase, fragile and easy to break. He broke down and fought Peter just because Peter told the authorities about the robbery he had committed. Peter 'tipped the vase' and Cole shattered. When Cole was on the island, he messed with the Spirit Bear and he broke down after the Bear ripped him apart.
I feel like Garvey symbolizes Cole's life because in the story Garvey says, "I see a lot of myself in you" (Mikaelsen 107). This means to me that Garvey symbolizes an older version of Cole because both had rough childhoods and now both are changing and becoming better people
I think that his physical condition may symbolize his life. His injuries can represent his scars in life. For example, one of those scars could be his father. In the story Cole says, "A devoted parent doesn't whip his kid until a shirt can't hide all the bruises" (Mikaelsen 46). He is talking about how his dad beats him. This will not only leave his body with scars, but also how he will always think. Since his dad has beaten him, his physical condition can represent one of those scars. All of the other drastic things in his life can also represent it.
Cole's life and experiences to the boy who cried wolf. Cole has lied/manipulated many people in his life. For example Cole said," I know what i did was wrong, and i want Peter to know I'm sorry for everything(Mikaelsen 39)". Cole expressed many sorry feeling and wanting change for the Circle Justice, but he was covering up to get himself out of jail.
I could compare Cole with a stiff, dead bird and the reason i say that is because as Cole is lying on the floor preparing himself for the worst he is currently unable to move for example the narratoor says, "Cole struggled to move his arms, his legs, anything to escape the white monster"(Mikaelsen 67). This is proof that the two can relate because he is unable to move and he is just laying there in pain with no one to help him.
I think the Spirit Bear fur could symbolize Coles new beginning. In the end of chapter 13 the narrator says," He raised his hand and tossed the hair into the water"( Mikealsen 112). When Cole throws the hair away its like him throwing away his old life and from that point on Cole would start with a new better life.
I would symbolize the word nature with Cole. We can connect nature with Cole because like nature it has both good, and bad sides. In the beginning of part one Cole had a rude, selfish, demeanor that could hurt someone like most natural disasters that happen through nature. Mikaelsen writes, " Rage controlled his tight grip on the match" ( Mikaelsen 24). On the other hand Cole has a soft side that completely differs from his bad behavior. At the end of part one Cole realizes that his bad choices is something that he could never recapture. Cole says, "How much beauty have I missed?" ( Mikaelsen 97). I symbolize Cole's good side with nature as well because nature has a good and a bad side like Cole.
Something that could symbolize Cole's life is everything that has happened in his life and to where he is now which is insane. All the fighting, ending up on a remote island in Alaska. Then runs into a Spirit bear that tears him up. Then is hospitalized with broken bones.
Cole is like a mosquito. Once he finds out about something that is aimed towards him, he's not going give up until he gets what he wants or revenge. Just like a mosquito, a mosquito will not give up until it gets what it wants, which is human blood.
I believe The Spirit Bear symbolizes Cole. When Cole attempts to attack The Spirit Bear we see Cole ends up in critical condition. I think The Spirit Bear attacked Cole because Cole wasn't afraid of the bear. The same goes with Cole, he tried to attack The Spirit Bear because it wasn't afraid of him. Cole screams, "No! No more!" (Mikaelsen 66). The bear then left Cole. I believe The Spirit Bear left Cole because he saw that he was afraid of him now.
Something that could symbolize Cole's life is a piece of coal. When coal is in the bottom of the earth it experiences a lot of pressure just like Cole. If the piece of coal makes it through all the pressure it becomes a diamond.