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The Westing Game

The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

The Will

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

As a symbol, the will is almost too obvious; it stands for a $200 million fortune that all the heirs desperately want to inherit. It's also an elaborate list of rules for a very private, possible very lucrative game. It dictates who the heirs hang out with and gives them motivation, it speaks to them, and it even bosses them around. It fixes their old problems and creates new ones. When the will seems to be engaging in dialogue with the heirs (telling Grace and the Judge to sit down, telling all the heirs their answers are wrong), it takes on almost lifelike qualities, and assumes the kind of power that's usually not reserved for inanimate objects.

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