This object serves as a symbol that represents the poverty-stricken existence of the children in the novel and the immobility that their situation inflicts upon them. As kids who grow up where they do, their lives are difficult to disassociate from this object since their lives revolve around what they find or do not find within this object. This object frames how people outside Behala perceive the children as well, with the police reminding Raphael that his existence is nothing more than that of a boy associated with this object, while Father Julliard realizes the same thing and lowers his expectations of the boys' ambitions as a result, but still shows compassion toward the boys, in recognition of their seemingly unbreakable ties to this object.
This object represents the condition of the city as a corrupt place in a developing country. Since the majority of the...
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