Frankenstein in Baghdad Symbols & Objects

Ahmed Saadawi
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Saint George

The Saint George picture owned by Elishva is a symbol of her belief in the power of prayer and mystical phenomena, and also an allusion to the Whatsitsname. Elishva believes that if she prays to the icon of Saint George, he will eventually return her son Daniel to her, and when the Whatsitsname visits her, she believes he is Daniel, and that her prayers have been answered. Saint George is famous for killing a dragon in Cappadocia that required human sacrifice. The Whatsitsname likewise requires human sacrifice in order to live, as he must constantly replace the body parts that melt/fall off. In Chapter 13, Elishva looks at the picture of Saint George, featured fighting the dragon, and wonders why he has not killed it yet. She feels like Saint George is stuck, arrested in motion, as she is (because she is unwilling to move...

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