I would say Cole is the symbol of a thunderstorm. Both start off nasty and mean, causing harm and damage. But when Cole changes, he decides to help the people he's hurt. This relates to the thunderstorm because once it ends, the sun starts to show up and there is a rainbow. The rainbow shows the storm is finished, and Cole's time on the island shows he's going to control his anger.
The baby birds in the nest could symbolize Cole's life on the island. "The sparrows were so frail, helpless, and innocent" (Mikaelsen 82). Cole is like the birds. After the storm, the birds are helpless because the tree had fallen down. Cole was helpless before and after the storm because he had no movement of his body. Cole could not seek shelter or warmth. Cole and the birds are both vulnerable.
I could symbolize Cole's life to the tree that had fell down in chapter 8. This is because even though the tree is strong, and superior every person and or thing falls eventually. Just like Cole. Cole thought he was superior to the bear and thought he could kill him, but in the end the bear made Cole fall to the ground just like how the thunder and lightning made the tree fall.
I think we can compare Cole to a battleship. Cole thinks he is strong on the outside, but on the inside he is weak. I say that because he is always trying to take control of things and to always have power in his hands. The narrator says,"Cole flopped his head to the side and spotted a small caterpillar inching over a rotted branch. He reached out his finger and crushed it"(Mikaelsen 71). He is weak on the inside because he could not keep his emotions in after the attack of the bear.
Something else that can symbolize Cole is the game Shoots and Ladders. This symbolizes Cole because every time his life looks like it's getting a little bit better it just goes right back down again and gets worse. In the game Shoots and Ladders if you die or you do something wrong you have to move back a couple spaces and that to me is kind of like Cole's life.
Cole's life can be symbolized by a candle. The wick, his life, will eventually burn out. Cole soon learns this, and he begins to keep it from running out. His efforts to survive is the wax to the candle
Cole's life symbolizes weather. He can be very angry and aggressive just like a storm, but he can also be calm and happy.
I think we could symbolize Cole's life by looking at from a rebuilding perspective. All of the damage in Cole's life has been done already, and his body is in ruins. We clearly see that he is making up for his past actions and is currently reshaping his life. In the hospital Rosey says to Cole, "In a few months your body will heal, but time won't heal your mind as easily. Helping others can help heal your wounds of the spirit". These words had a big impact on Cole's future and his choosing his path wisely for now on. We can symbolize his life with a building getting rebuilt after a storm.
I think that the game Monopoly would symbolize Cole and his life because Cole's life is like a long game and he has to go through several challenges when hes truly finding himself and who he is.In the game Monopoly you have to go through many challenges and the game takes quite a long time to finish.
We can infer that Cole can be compared to a devil's club. For example a devil's club can physicaly damage someone. The club can stick into you with all of its spikes and Cole kept continuously beating peter up. Later on, giving Peter brain damage
I think he resembles stinky cheese. All the stink is the lies he's told and no one likes him. He wants to change but he has to get rid of all the stink to have people believe him.
Something else that i think that could symbolize Cole's life experiences is building blocks. I say this because when you get the blocks their all apart from eachother , and Cole's life is all broken apart in peices , then you would have to put the peices together just like Cole's life was put together and figured out.
I can symbolize Cole's life with stairs.