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The cockroaches of Buried Onions symbolize the gangs of Fresno because of their characteristics and the hate that Eddie feels towards them Firstly the roachs persistence can be shown by a quote About an hour later when I entered my apartment I was surprised to see that the cockroaches had returned Their antennae were all bent and some of their legs were crippled but they were eager as ever 110 By comparing the cockroaches to the gangs of Fresno we see that this shows that no matter how hard Eddie tries to stay away Ex Shaking up cockroaches in an ice cream container 109 from the gangs of Fresno he cannot escape them Ex When the beat up cockroaches return 110 In addition the cockroaches adhere to a main theme of Buried Onions Eddie trying to keep away from the gangs Secondly Eddie speaks out against the cockroaches They came out from under the refrigerator to draw fresh airthey checked out the kitchen sink the bathroom sink the dining table and even my armThey raced around the lips of glasses and cereal bowls which made me wash the dishes all over again 109 Eddie shows us how the cockroaches have the same tendencies as gangs of Fresno they come out of the ghetto they look for something they can steal and they disturb the peace The cockroaches also show the same arrogance of the gangs by doing whatever they please whenever they please Lastly Eddie shows us his immense disliking for the roaches in some narration I was full of hate and disgust towards those cockroaches 109 The cockroaches yet again symbolize the gangs of Fresno due to Eddies immense disliking towards them The hate and disgust 109 that Eddie feels towards the roaches can be paralleled to the intense disliking that Eddie feels towards the gangs of Fresno thus being the greatest reason as to why the cockroaches symbolize the gangs In short I
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