A Better Man Symbols & Objects

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Gamache’s Scar

Gamache’s scar is a symbol of experience and integrity. Gamache received this scar from a bullet wound during the drug raid. Those who posted criticisms of Gamache on social media did not share with their readers that the drug raid, though ill-advised, was successful. They also did not note that Gamache was among the wounded.

The Poster

The poster in Gamache’s former office is a symbol of conscience. The poster works as Toussaint’s conscience as she tries to walk the tightrope between protecting Gamache’s reputation and keeping what she is doing secret from the Deputy Premier, who has warned her not to say anything positive about Gamache. The poster has on it the words “Noli timere," which isLatin for “Be not afraid” (16). Toussaint uses this poster, which Gamache did not take when he left, as a reminder of her mentor...

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