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are wing's hands a manifestation of the grotesque or part of a larger theme of difficulty in communication?

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Both. Wing's hands function on many levels, and are both symbolic of the grotesque (as a form of metonymy) as well as representing the old writer's hands. In addition, one manifestation of the grotesque is the inability to communicate, and thus the hands fuction as both.