Objects & Places from A Gathering of Old Men

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This is a symbol of what the Cajuns are damaging with their tractors. The black and white people are still buried in separate graveyards, but the Cajuns are showing no regard for black graveyards and are plowing them up. This is where the old black men meet to walk to Mathu's house.

Empty number five shells

This symbolizes the plot by Candy to make the sheriff wonder who killed Beau. If all the shotguns are the same and they all fire the same bullet, how could the sheriff prove who shot Beau?

Cane fields

Symbol of past life and present life. How the cane was cut in the past, with teams of mules and at the present time in the novel, by tractor.


A sybmol to the old black men of everything that is wrong today. The sugar cane field used to be a quiet place...

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