Heroes

The “Wreck Center” (the nickname for Monument’s recreation center) symbolizes the danger of attempting to disguise or bury internal pain and trauma instead of confronting it. Even though the Wreck Center has been renovated and…

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Francis’s duffel bag, though it only appears a few times throughout the novel, is a symbol for the choices Francis must make upon his return home from the war. Literally, the duffel is the baggage…

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