The Second Coming Setting & Symbolism

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Will's Luger

Will Barrett owns a Luger semi-automatic pistol - a 9mm handgun used by the Germans in both World War I and World War II. Will obtained the gun from his father who took it from a Nazi Colonel during his military service in World War II. The gun is apparently complete with holster that would make it quite a valuable collector's item. During the early parts of the novel, Will is intensely drawn to the Luger - and treats it as nearly a fetish. He takes it with him to inappropriate places and fires it from the side of the road so he can smell it. When the novel opens, Will has determined to kill himself with the Luger, but he later forgets about this plan. The Luger, a Nazi side-arm, is symbolic of Will's father's view on life.

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