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The devastation cause d by the war has left everything in ruins except for Old Misery. The last standing object of beauty is both miraculous and upsetting to the gang of boys. The loss of humanity fills the boys with a need to destroy it, to complete the ruination of their community.
Nothing has value anymore. Not the long-standing social order-respect for elders, or the leadership among the boys. Money has no value either, and burning it is symbolic in that aspect.
In some respects, the gang feels it is better to do away with all vestiges of the life before the war, and by destructing the house, they have accomplished that.
Posted by renelane on November 9, 2007 at 10:19 PM (Answer #1)
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