In "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" how does the mule, Jenny symobolize manhood?

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The mule represents manhood because manhood often symbolizes a crossroads in life, and making the right decision "makes you a man".  Jenny, who Dave has shot, represents that crossroads for Dave.  It presents him with a variety of different options.  After he shoots her, he can lie about it, try to cover it up, or confess to it and take responsibility for his...

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