What do the bridge, cats, goats, and pigeon symbolize?

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The bridge could be said to symbolize a means of escape for the old man from his present life, a chance to start a new life in another town. But it could just as easily symbolize an uncertain future. The solider narrator tells the old man that the road at the end of the bridge leads towards Barcelona. But as the old man doesn't know anyone there, he stays put....

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