The Grapes of Wrath

What does the animal imagery mean ?

Chapter 22 from "Pa's voice took on her tone" to "...always did like the little fellas, big as a man".

I have an essay on a extract from that chapter, and my last topic is the animal imagery but i don't understand it so could someone please explain it explicitly for me please.

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He's talking about a bird, a dove in this case. Animals take on various metaphors for the migrants themselves. Sometimes they are bugs scurrying for survival while being squashed by people or a dove so pure in desire and dreams, the imagery helps us understand the migrants better.

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