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Metaphors of Life (you will have need to have read Tangerine by Edward Bloor)Paul's...

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supa0student | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Metaphors of Life (you will have need to have read Tangerine by Edward Bloor)

Paul's subdivision was built on a foundation of termite-infested
ground, next to a field that constantly burns muck fires,
near a school that is built on land that becomes a sinkhole.
In what ways is this setting of the town of Tangerine a metaphor
for Paul's life? what fire burns constantly in Paul's life? What is it in Paul's life that collapses just as the ground collapses into a sinkhole?

If anyone could give their opionions on this that wiuld be great.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 10, 2010 at 5:33 PM (Answer #2)

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Paul's life is full of deceptive appearances, just like Lake Windsor. On the surface, all appears to be perfect, but below the surface, there are ugly problems. The fire burning in his life is his fear of Erik and the desire to find out how his sight was damaged. The sinkhole is like his dismissal from the soccer team because he has an IEP detailing his visual impairment. The termites come from the bulldozed tangerine trees. I feel like his parents' marriage is built on rotten ground as well. Mom won't confront Dad about Erik's disturbing behavior, and Dad has blinders on to anything other than the Erik Fisher Football Dream. Being from Florida and seeing how it has been destroyed by developers and people from up north, I really had empathy for the story.

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