The car is an important symbol. Traditionally, cars symbolize freedom, which the narrator initially hopes to attain after being released on parole from prison. By stealing the car, the narrator risks going to prison again, but at the same time he still gains a kind of freedom, as the car helps him accomplish his goal of building a connection with his son:

At the end of your life, if you’ve had a total of ten hours of sheer, unbridled joy then you've done something right. All I want now is to collect some hours, so that when the lights go black, I’ll know I've kissed a woman, hummed some tunes, and spent some time in whatever way possible with my son.

The narrator has so far been haunted by his past and hoped that meeting his son would put a stop to th…

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