Fire returns as motif in these sections

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Fire returns as motif in these sections; additionally, more of Mom and Dad's characters  are shaped by the action in these sections, namely Erma's death, the discovery of the  diamond ring, and the welfare officer's visit. First, when Stanley burns down Erma's  house, fire once again ushers in a series of difficulties for the Walls. For one, the fire  indirectly results in Stanley's thwarted molestation of Jeannette. Recall that Jeannette  was nearly molested before, when a stranger entered her Phoenix bedroom. These  similar instances suggest how the family, lacking the relative security of middle class  existence, is not only threatened by the elements and hunger, but also predation by  other, more desperate people on the outskirts of society. Furthermore, Dad's reaction to Erma's death and Mom's reaction to the diamond ring  and the welfare officer add depth to their characters. First, Dad's binge after Erma's 
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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