The First Bad Man Symbols & Objects

Miranda July
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Purple Chalk

The Purple chalk mark on Cheryl's and Clee's shared chalkboard represents the first and only time that Clee shows her love for Cheryl, making a mark on the board that all can see but only Cheryl can understand. It also represents the reluctance with which Clee is ready to show off this relationship to the whole world, as there is only one chalk mark made and the relationship fades from this point on.

Tupperware Containers

The Tupperware containers represent both Cheryl's organization and also how close she is at all times to cracking into utter chaos. She uses them to eat out of at times because they are easier to clean, but they serve as urinals for her when she breaks down early in the novel. They represent her animalistic nature and how she attempts to cover it up but is unable to fully do...

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