What are the main symbols and underlying themes in The Human Comedy?

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Written by Armenian-American writer William Saroyan, The Human Comedy tells the story of fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley. The novel is set in California during the Second World War. Homer’s father has died and his eldest brother, Marcus, is away fighting. Homer now sees himself as the head of the family and believes he should take care of his mother and his two younger siblings, Beth and Ulysses. In the evenings, to make some money for his family, Homer works as a telegraph messenger. The story opens...

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