In The Piano Lesson, what does Doaker's continued with the railroad symbolize?

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I think that Doaker's work on the railroads represents a couple of elements.  The first is that it shows consistency and a sense of constancy in a world of mutability and change.  Doaker does not live by anything other than the steadiness of work, something in which he is almost the heartbeat of the family.  In contrast to his brother, Wining Boy who sought to make it rich in the music industry only to not materialize...

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