Something that could symbolize Cole's life could be that Cole's life is like an old house. Cole's life is not very stable. Old houses are commonly unstable too. And sometimes, old houses fall. But with the help of people, after the house falls, it gets rebuilt. Usually to a state that is better than before. Cole can do the same thing, he has hit a bump in the road but with the help of people, he can and will get stronger and heal mentally and physically.
I think that making ice cream can symbolize Cole's life. You add up all of the ingredients and then it makes something really good. All of the ingredients can be his life experiences, and then they all together can make something very good if mixed up. It just takes time, just how it takes time to freeze the ingredients to make ice cream. Cole is taking time to try to turn his life around, but of course it will take a while because of all of the past experiences.
I would symbolize Cole and the Spirit Bear. That is because the Spirit Bear is tough/ strong, and so is Cole. Spirit Bear fought Cole in defense of itself which is also something Cole would do. Also by the end of that chapter Cole and the Spirit bear both ended up earning trust toward each other.
Something else that we could symbolize for Cole's life are bears. Bears are feared for their reputations, and Cole is feared for his reputation. When the spirit bear came up to Cole, he was afraid of it. The bear was only curious, and even let Cole pet it. When Cole told Edwin that he was attacked by the Spirit Bear, Edwin didn't believe him. Cole really was attacked by the spirit bear though.
I think the Jenga represents Cole the most because it pretty much shows everything about Cole's life. One of the comparisons was every time you take a Jenga out of the tower its like Cole taking another part of Cole's life. Another one is when the tower falls it represents Cole when the bear attacks his life is falling apart and Cole is thinking of all the things that he missed in life, and all the things that he did bad. For example when author says, "How much beauty had he missed" (Mikaelsen 97). This shows that Cole is thinking of all the things he missed in life.
A thing that can symbolize Cole is grades. If you try on your school work, you will get good grades. If you don't try, your grade will go down, and it won't be as good. If Cole tries, he can become a better person. If he doesn't try, he will be the same old raging, mean Cole.
I believe the seagulls that were picking at him when he was on the ground after being attacked symbolizes Cole's life. Cole hates when people bothered him and he would get extremely angry. The birds picked at him and he couldn't stop them. The author said, "Why couldn't the seagulls leave him alone" (Mikaelsen 98). People back in Minnesota always picked at him and wouldn't leave him alone.
Another theme that symbolizes Cole's life it the weather on the island. As Cole gets angry about the bear leaving him to slowly die, the storm picks up As soon as Cole moves beyond his anger the storm stops.