The two dark clouds represent the setting. They represent how the girl's parents are a darkness upon the setting, and the shadow underneath the clouds represents how the parents have a dark influence over other people and the rest of the setting. The dark clouds also represent a forewarning, a notion of danger in the future.
The opening door with the world behind it represents the main character. The opening door represents that she has finally learned enough, and gained enough smarts to realize that there is a so much more out there. The world represents how much more there is out there for her, and how much more she has to learn and do.
The gavel (behind the brick wall) represents the girl's parents. The gavel represents their judgmental ness, and how they don't just let things slide. They get feel they need to make comments, and decide whether people are good enough or not. "Once you get used to hating one person, one family, one group of people, somehow it seems to get easier and easier to expand that group, to include more and more people in it. Practice makes perfect, or something like that" (p.102). They do not realize that it is not their job or their place.
The question mark represents Eric's being so questioning, and his curiosity. All he wants to do is learn. However, although he is inquisitive and curious, does not mean that he is not wise. " You don't know how quickly everything can change and then nothing is ever the same again. Never the same again'" (p. 104-15). Eric has a bit of...