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Unformatted text preview: and toast. Toast is an object that is transformed from soft and white bread into burned, crusted bread. Austin puts a great deal of importance on stealing toasters, and on giving Lee bread to settle him down. Thus, the toast may be symbolic not only of Austin as a transformative character (since toast transforms), but also as a character who is heated up quickly, and ends up charred or in a generally negative place at the end of the play. In addition, the car keys are a symbol in the play. Numerous altercations arise over them, yet no one ends up keeping the keys. The keys may represent the journey that both Austin and Lee (though Austin and Lee are arguably the same person) try to go on, yet the fact that neither of them leave represents Shepards effort to say that Austin-Lee did not in fact grow, did not achieve success, and unfortunately, could not distinguish the true from the false....
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