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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The Earth is painted as a living thing that is accosted and then destroyed by bombs and blood. It both comforts and shelters characters from the assault of weapons raining from above. The land is retooled by men to be abrasive, limiting, closed. Witness the scars of trenches dug into otherwise pastoral hills and the skin-cutting barbed wire fencing drawn between lines.

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