Behold the Dreamers Symbols & Objects

Imbolo Mbue
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Green Pinstripe Suit

Jende wears a green pinstripe suit on the day that he interviews with Clark in Chapter 1. Although Jende believes that his suit is impressive and well-suited for a job interview, Clark tells him that he will need to dress more professionally if he gets hired. The suit symbolizes the subtle cultural markers of wealth in the United States.

B-minus

After weeks of all-night studying, Neni receives a B-minus on her precalculus exam in chapter 10. She is upset by her grade, but the professor tells her that many students would be satisfied with it. The B-minus symbolizes the higher standard for success that Neni sets for herself than what is expected in American society.

Blue Peugeot

The blue Peugeot is Neni’s father’s car in Limbe. The “dilapidated” (110) car is a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Limbe despite its condition. As Neni’s...

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