American Street Symbols & Objects

Ibi Zoboi
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American Street and Joy Road

The intersection of American Street and Joy Road symbolizes Fabiola's struggle for happiness in her new home. The Francois family's house is located on the intersection, and Fabiola sees the crossroads as representing the difficult decisions she must make in order to find happiness in her new life.

Papa Legba

Papa Legba symbolizes Fabiola's umbrella bale connection to her Haitian upbringing. Fabiola sees Detroit through a lens of Haitian thought and mythology, even seeing the supposedly insane man called Bad Leg as the Haitian spirit called Papa Legba, whom she thinks will help guide her down the path of securing her mother's freedom.

Haiti

Haiti symbolizes the culture and struggles of Fabiola's past. Although she was born in America, she grew up in Haiti and thereby was formed by Haiti's beliefs, customs, and everyday challenges. Fabiola must then adapt her past experiences...

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