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Butcher's Crossing Symbols & Objects

John Williams
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Butcher's Crossing

The border town of Butcher's Crossing symbolizes the struggle between industry and nature. Its economy is sustained through the destruction of nature. The primary source of wealth in the town comes from buffalo hides, which are bought in the eastern parts of the country where animal skins are considered fashionable clothing. Butcher's Crossing withers and dies when the market demand for buffalo hides disappears.

Harvard College

Harvard College symbolizes civilization and education. Andrews admits that he left Harvard in his third year there so he could come west, seek out adventure, and commune with nature. Through this act, Andrews rejects his destined life of civilization, education, and comfort in order to pursue experiences in the unsettled parts of the country.

Charley Hoge's Missing Hand

Charley Hoge's missing hand symbolizes the dangers of nature. Charley Hoge lost his right hand to frostbite in a mountain hunting...

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