Purple Hibiscus Symbolism Essay

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The blooming of sleepy, oval-shaped buds in front of the house is symbol of the readiness of Jaja to rebel against his father’s iron-fist authority. These changes show the experiences what he learns from his Aunty Ifeoma’s house. Other symbol include Eugene’s heavy missal, which throws at Jaja for not going to receive Holy Communion. Papa-Nnukwu’s shrine says Kambili that it looks the grotto at Saint Agnes church and mama’s figurines, which the missal breaks into pieces as it lands on the étagère. Ballet Figurines represents an important symbol in this novel Purple Hibiscus. Ballet Figurines are in small in size and places on an étagère at Jaja’s dining room. Figurines never move and never talk and easily breakable and symbolizes that Kambili, Jaja, and mother Beatrice’s silence. They resemble also weakness in physical. Their small bones easily can break because of their small bone structure like ballerina. The étagère on the stand represents the status of their family among the society. People can watch the…show more content…
Eugene’s style is authoritarian and he controls and restricts his children highly. We can see his authoritarian style in the form of beautiful form of prison that is high wall compound at Enugu and Abba. This compound wall decorates by the flowers, Frangiponi trees and has large place to hold a hundred people can dance. In this compound wall no one can see what happened in and outside of the wall even no one cannot see what type of vehicles are moving. Thus, the same atmosphere sees in school where Kambili is studied that is Daughters of the Immaculate Heart Secondary School. Then, in their home, there are gatemen to monitor their exit and entrance. Apart from these, Eugene likes to draw the schedules and order for his children. Their daily schedules paste on the walls in Kambili and Jaja’s room and their names follow on their schedules. These schedules write on black
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