What is the symbolism of 42 boys being mauled by 2 bears when taunting Elisha?

Why did Elisha curse these boys for making fun of him? What was so bad about what the boys said that 42 should be mauled to death by bears? Why does the Bible specify 2 mother bears & why specifically 42 boys? Thanks!

2 Kings 2:23

ESV - 23 He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!

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