In Whirligig by Paul Fleischman, how does the whirligig affect Flaco?

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chsmith1957 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Flaco appears in the chapter titled “Miami, Florida.” We don’t know his real name. People call him Flaco, which means “skinny” in Spanish. He supports his wife Constancia and his son Raul; and his in-laws and a cousin also live in the same house. Flaco’s cousin wrecks his car. Then Flaco loses his restaurant job. His wife starts taking care of neighborhood children in order to bring in some money. Flaco feels frustrated and very stressed out, so he goes for a drive to clear his head. Across the peninsula from Miami, in Tampa, Flaco comes upon the restaurant with Brent’s marching band whirligig. He thinks about how people can sometimes get along and can make decent music when they are in compatible groups. He goes back home and eventually gets a job as a street sweeper. His life improves as a result.

dumocess | Student

the whirligig made flaco realize that people are always in a wooden band, and whenever there's a group there will always be fighting, and if they co-operate they could make good music or in his case peace.