Death and the King's Horsemen Symbols & Objects

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Rich Garments

Rich garments are created and sold by the women in the marketplace. On the night of his suicide, Elesin's wish to be garbed in such garments is granted. These rich garments speak to Elesin's magnificent power and strong influence. The garments show how much the others respect and admire him.

Costumes

Costumes of dead cult members are worn by the Pilkings for their masquerade ball. Amusa fears the evil they represent, but Joseph and the Pilkings do not. Their lack of fear is based on their dismissal of paganism and their embracing of Christianity.

Chains

Chains are used to tie up Elesin when he is arrested and put in the Residency's annex cellar. The chains are also metaphorical. They represent the chains that hold Elesin back from his duty and his true nature. He cannot escape or deny the chains. So, he uses the chains...

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