Tony watched the other boys jump over the wall. He was smaller than they were; he was younger by about three years, and his mother had brought him to this new city to visit her friend from school. He was alone except for his aunt during the late hours of the afternoon, when he watched the older boys run laughing down the alley, scattering trash cans and boxes. There were three of them: the tallest one wore a hat, a long, black coat and wool trousers like the school-teacher’s in the boy’s home town, and he led the pack down the alleyway.

Then, with a sprinting jump from an empty crate, he jumped over the wall at the end of the alley. Tony heard his shoes scattering in the next courtyard as the others followed. They disappeared from view; the sound of their laughter continued. Tony shuffled from the porch into the alley. He looked at the wall and the empty crate. The red brick wall seemed impossibly tall and threatening to him. His head began to get dizzy and his heart beat faster. As if moved by a sudden decision, Tony jumped back a few steps, and hopped lightly onto the crate.

From his new vantage point, the wall looked even more threatening. He imagined himself jumping, and falling onto the hard cobble-stones. He imagined his mother crying. Analysis: My intentions were that the wall would be the major symbol. It would be a symbol of the barrier between childhood and adulthood. The other boys have gone over the barrier, making it look easy. But Tony is younger and he looks up to them, but he cannot do the same things that they can do. The wall is also representative of Tony’s fears and his unwillingness to jump over the wall, represents his relationship to his mother.


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