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Lolly bojuje se zármutkem, pocitem viny a hněvem nad Jermainovou smrtí. Chce udržet Jermainovu paměť naživu a nechce se zbavit Jermainovy postele ve svém pokoji, jak navrhuje pan Ali. Přítomnost Jermainovy postele však také brání Lolly v pohybu vpřed, protože je to neustálá připomínka. Když se Lolly rozhodne přesunout Jermainovu postel, signalizuje to jeho ochotu vyrovnat se s Jermainovou smrtí.
The importance of family and different family dynamics are a recurring theme. Lolly is close with his mother but since Jermaine's death, both have been struggling with grief and Lolly has missed their closeness. Lolly loves his dad but he has been absent since the divorce and Lolly feels disconnected from him. Ma's girlfriend Yvonne is like one of the family and Lolly is appreciative of Yvonne's efforts, especially her bringing him the Legos that have helped with his depression.
Lollyho přátelství ho ovlivňuje různými způsoby a román ukazuje zásadní roli, kterou mohou přátelství hrát k lepšímu i k horšímu. Lolly přemýšlí o tom, jak se Jermaine změnil poté, co se připojil k gangu. Lollyino nečekané přátelství s Rose mu pomáhá propracovat se ke svému hněvu a depresi, když zjistí: „Dozvěděl jsem se, že je lepší sdílet své věci. Vrátíte se víc, než si myslíte. “ Zloženie: 100% bavlna.
THE STARS BENEATH NAŠE NOHY : Motivy, symboly a motivy
GRIEF AND ACCEPTANCE
The Legos serve as Lolly's way of coping and symbolize his hopes and dreams. Lolly has always loved Legos. He prides himself on building to the directions. However, after Jermaine dies, Lolly is left without any instructions on how to go on. He begins creating worlds entirely from his imagination. He makes up characters, stories, and games. When Rose joins Lolly, the Legos become a coping mechanism and way of communicating. The positive attention they receive for their creations allows Lolly to visualize his future as an artist.
Lolly and his friends see a coyote in the city . It is out of place amongst the buildings and concrete. Lolly learns that coyotes have been displaced from their habitats and have been moving to the city in search of food, but are captured by rangers if found. Lolly thinks: "Our coyote was part of a species in danger. Hunted down and shot up. We knew how it felt." Living in fear of violence daily, Lolly identifies with the coyote's predicament.
Mr. Ali talks with Lolly on a regular basis to help him through his grief. He can see that Lolly is struggling with Jermaine's death and that it has made him angry and isolated. In giving Lolly the space to use his imagination and create with his Legos, he allows him to process his grief and come to terms with Jermaine's death. When Lolly realizes that it was not his fault that Jermaine was shot, he finally begins to heal.