In "Okay For Now," what does the metaphor "dark woods" represent?  

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In the book, the Yellow Shank bird is associated with the dark woods. However, the metaphor "dark woods" represents the defining moment of confrontation between Doug and his abusive father. To Doug, the "woods" is a treacherous and frightening place; to confront his abusive father, he must venture into this dark place alone, as no one else in his family dares to accompany him.

In Chapter Five, we learn that Doug's father has appropriated the hundred dollars and signed baseball that Doug won at the Trivia Contest. Later, Doug confronts him, despite knowing that he's putting himself in physical danger by doing so. Mr. Swieteck lies about having received...

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