Yonnondio: From the Thirties

Symbolism of the Whistle

Yonnondio is a great book. What is the meaning of the whistle in the beginning?

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The whistle represents death. Initially it is the sound that Mazie hears every morning, but if it is heard during the day then it means that a miner has died. The larger symbolism is that the very act of working in the mines is a precursor to death, represented by the whistle the miners obey every day.