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In "The Greatest Man in the World," what is the fall out of the window symbolic of?

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Smurch's fall out the window is symbolic of his fall from grace as national leaders and the media sought to be rid of this hero who lacked heroic qualities. In "The Greatest Man in the World," Pal Smurch flew around the world with nothing but a gallon of illegal gin and six pounds of salami. The media, which made a hero out of Charles Lindbergh, sought to make a hero out of Smurch. When they researched his backstory, however, they found that Smurch was uncultured and generally disliked in his hometown for committing a series of minor offenses. This delinquent came from a long line of delinquents; even his own mother did not like him. Many national leaders quietly hoped that he would die en route so that they could make up a life story for him that would be palatable for the public.

When Smurch landed, he was locked away for three weeks. To the public, this was so that he could properly rest and recover, but in reality it was so that Smurch could sober up and hopefully learn some...

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