Morris Bober is carrying a lot on his back.
My blox for lightness has the shadow of a man that is carrying many things on his back. Among them are a bottle of milk, a roll, a bird, a star of David, and a cup of tea. Each of these represent something that is weighing Morris Bober down. Every morning he wakes up at 4a to give an old woman a roll for 3 cents. Ida, his wife, is always complaining that waking up that early is not worth the 3 extra cents. But Morris does it anyway. He invites a stranger, Frank Alpine, into his life and trusts him with everything that he has. Frank is represented by the bird, because he loved St. Francis of Assisi. And the star of David dangles as a representation of the struggles Morris has gone through from just being Jewish. The cup of tea represents the kindness that Morris has shown to all of his neighbors over the years, even when they have shown him no kindness. The shadow of the man progresses forward, however the man remains in the same position, never changing. Morris is weighed down throughout the whole book, unable to change positions. In the background is a broken tombstone. The tombstone alludes to many things. First, another thing thing that weights Morris down is his frequent thoughts about the loss of his son. Also, Morris’ store is compared to a grave many times throughout the book. And finally, Morris dies at the end of the book. All of these stresses lead to eventual death. He is never able to break free of these pressures.
Cornell used his boxes to try to make sense of his life and better understand it. As I created this blox on lightness, I reflected on my own struggles. As I am graduating in two weeks, I have many pressures on my back right now. I don’t know what I am going to do once I graduate, or where I will work. This blox made me reflect on not only my own pressures, but how I will deal with them. I don’t want to let these things weigh me down and effect me the way they did Morris.