Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

by

Horatio Alger

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Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks Symbols

The Suit

Dick’s suit symbolizes who he wants to be in life. It’s said that the clothes make the man (or woman), and nowhere is that more true than in Ragged Dick. Dick literally changes…

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Bootblacking Box

The bootblacking box symbolizes Dick’s transience and homelessness. Dick’s profession is a highly portable one, as everything he needs to shine shoes, from the polish to the rags to the brush, fits neatly into…

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Restaurants

Restaurants act as symbolic indicators of social status in Ragged Dick. At the beginning of the novel, Dick eats at a restaurant that’s little more than someone’s apartment. It serves cheap food of questionable…

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