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This defenitely goes hand in hand with fate, but this seems like a different sort of fate than Meursault's fate in "The Stranger." Meursault realizes at the end that he can determine his fate, but the cage metaphor says that no matter what Billy does, his fate is set, and he is caged in for the whole thing. Very intersting.

I agree that the metaphor closely represents Billy. It depicts Billy's sense of idle innocence and his fall was his inevitable fate. And even at the time of his death he died a pure and innocent man.

Interesting discovery. I honestly did not pay very close attention to that sentance while reading it, but now that you've brought it up you can really see how the metaphor plays into the story and Billy's character in general.

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