A Question of Power Symbols & Objects

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Buddha

The references and occasional appearances of Buddha throughout the novel are symbols of Elizabeth’s search for a God or gods. The absurd, distorted versions of Buddha that appear in the novel demonstrate how godliness can be illusory.

Thoko's Pumpkin

Thoko’s pumpkin represents Elizabeth’s burgeoning understanding of the importance of crops. By carefully taking care of the pumpkin and planting its seeds, Elizabeth feels connected to the earth, to her fellow humans, and to the future.

Cape Gooseberry Jam

The Cape Gooseberry jam that Elizabeth and Kenosi peddle to the other inhabits of Motabeng represents Elizabeth’s own outsider status in the village. Although both Elizabeth and the concept of Cape Gooseberry jam are new to them, the villagers welcome both into their community.

Crowns

Sello and Dan both put on crowns. Sello’s is glittering, while Dan’s is the color of dulled...

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