X: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
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The Bus

The bus Malcolm takes to Boston represents a new beginning in his life and his fear of the unknown. The bus is described in ominous terms: as it expels exhaust it becomes a "big coughing machine" (8). As Malcolm boards the bus, he is "walking into the mouth of the beast" (13). He claims he is not afraid, but these descriptions imply otherwise.

The Littles' House in Lansing

The Littles' house is a symbol of their family unity, and when Malcolm and the other younger children are forced into foster care after Louise Little's commitment, that unity is fractured. Earl Little built the house with his bare hands, just like he built and nurtured his family, and after the kids are removed from the house, Malcolm feels like he has lost a vital part of his father and his family history.

The Lynched Man

The lynched man...

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