In class we are reading a book called Home of the Brave. We have been asked this question to help us think about the book more.

Gol is a cow, but Katherine Applegate (author of Home of The Brave) also uses her as a symbol. How does Gol represent Kek’s past, present, and possibly his future?  

Gol represents Kek’s past because it reminds him of Africa (which is where he is from) and his family which he does not have anymore (gol means family). Gol also represents Keks love for his family and his home, and its the only piece left.

Gol represents Kek’s present because gol represents Kek’s feelings. Gol is old and tired and that is how Kek is feeling.

Gol represents Kek’s future because Gol is hope. And if Kek keeps seeing Gol, he will gain more hope and if he keeps hoping, maybe his wish will come true of seeing his mom again.

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