These objects symbolize the fragile and fleeting nature of material objects. These objects are found by the author of the essay "The Weight" when she travels to the former home of James Baldwin in France and at first her discoveries push her to try to preserve James Baldwin's remaining possessions and to protect what remains of his home. Later, though, she realizes that James Baldwin had left something much more precious for the world: his words.
The Archaeologists' Gravesite Report
This object symbolizes the determination to accept the most horrible elements of the world and then to learn to live with them. The author of "Lonely in America" carries this object around with her in an attempt to reach her goal of coming to terms with the most terrible parts of America's treatment of African-Americans throughout history, particularly in relation to slavery.
Genetic Testing Report
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