Symbolism In Smoke Signals

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Lastly, some symbols used throughout Smoke Signals that provide further evidence that this movie supports Durkheim’s theory include fire, ash, and rebirth. During the opening scene, Thomas, who is narrating, states that some children are just “pillars of flame” that burn everything they touch or “pillars of ash” that fall apart if you touch them. Victor’s treatment as a child turned him into a “pillar of fire,” he is filled with anger. However, Victor changed from fire into ash, like a rebirth, after learning the truth about Arnold, experiencing a situation like him and the fire, and finally spreading his ashes. Whereas Thomas remained, after losing his parents in the party fire, a pillar of ash, always both sensitive and caring. It could also
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