October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard Symbols & Objects

Newman, Leslea
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Buck-Rail Fence

The buck-rail fence is a symbol of ignorance. This old-fashioned style of fence is similar to the old-fashioned opinion that McKinney had of Shepard and his sexual orientation. McKinney’s attitude toward Shepard and his belief that he needed to be killed because he was different show his ignorance.

Ford Pickup

The Ford pickup truck is a symbol of masculinity. McKinney and Henderson kidnapped Shepard by pretending to be gay and then driving away with him in this truck. In this case, the truck symbolizes McKinney's and Henderson’s masculinity as heterosexuals as compared to Shepard’s homosexuality.

Clothesline

The clothesline is a symbol of cruelty. First, McKinney and Henderson beat Shepard with both their hands and a pistol. Then, they used rope similar to a clothesline to tie him to the fence, ensuring that he could not get away or go for help.

Candles

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