He-y, Come On Ou-t by Shinichi Hoshi

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What is the main symbol in "He-y, Come On Ou-t"?

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The main symbol in "He-y Come Ou-t" by Shinichi Hoshi is the hole. It represents thoughtless disposal. When the people of the village realize that the hole goes deep and that items thrown into it disappear (such as the pebble that the teenager throws in), they begin to throw all of their unwanted items into it. Some of these unwanted items are literal waste that could seriously contaminate the environment, such as the “nuclear waste” that the government allows to be dumped into the hole. The “lead boxes” that trucks dump into the hole and the “contagious animals” could be similarly dangerous to the health of the environment, and ultimately, the health of the villagers. The ecological problems of waste and pollution are being temporarily resolved by throwing items away in the hole, and some people make a profit from this technique of waste removal.

The hole is a temporary solution to a long term problem. When the pebble that the teenager threw at the beginning of the story...

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