This object symbolizes both home and immobility within the narrative. The boys at the center of the narrative live among mounds composed of this object, a life they have very little chance of transforming into something better, since they lack the resources to do so. This object's association with the boys shapes the way in which others see them as well, causing Father Juilliard, for example, to reason that education would do the boys no good since all they plan to do in the future is live among piles of this object.
This object symbolizes the potential for disease and illness that exists within many developing countries' general lack of infrastructure. In the novel, Behala's citizens are bereft of facilities that would allow them to keep human waste away from the places in which they live and work. So this object ends up nearly everywhere, thereby...
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