Pearl Cleage Writing Styles in Flyin' West

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Symbolism

Cleage introduces symbolism by using well-chosen objects to convey meaning. She introduces flower symbolism first. Flowers are beautiful products of nature, and they represent new life and strength. They also represent a lifestyle above simple survival; having fresh flowers in the house is a cheerful indulgence. Fannie brings flowers from outside and places them in water throughout the house, an act that demonstrates her natural tendency to bring the life and vitality of nature indoors. Different flowers express different ideas. For example, Sophie considers sunflowers too large to be displayed inside. This expresses the idea that not everything about the external world is appropriate or comfortable in the women's domestic setting. Roses symbolize independence. Fannie tells the story of her father telling her mother that "colored women ain't got no time to be foolin' with roses," to which her mother responded that if he had time to worry...

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