Blood on the Tracks: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Barbara Nickless
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Tattoo of a Double Lightning Bolt

The tattoo of a double lightning bolt is both a symbol of racism and of protection. Roald suggests to Rhodes that he get this tattoo for protection in order to keep the skinheads from messing with him. The tattoo indicates that the person who has it not only has murdered someone but also that he is a believer in white supremacy.

Drawing of a Cat

The drawing of a cat is a symbol of safety. The drawing of the stick cat next to Elise’s window indicates that hobos are welcome there and will be safe there.

Ghosts

Parnell’s ghosts are a symbol of guilt. One of Parnell’s buddies from the Marines told her that ghosts represented survivor’s guilt. Another told her that her ghosts would eventually go away but Parnell seems to continue to collect ghosts, even...

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