Housegirl Symbols & Objects

Michael Donkor
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Cynthia

Cynthia is Mary's alter ego, symbolizing the difficulty that both Belinda and Mary face in their work as housegirls. When the monotony and hardship of their job gets to be too much, the girls turn to their imagined selves as motivation to continue. When Mary is left alone to work for the Asares, she develops this character as a friend for her in the absence of Belinda.

Antenne with Red and Blue Dots

The Calder sculpture in the Tate Modern museum in London represents Amma's desire for freedom to be herself. She escapes from school to stare at it, admiring its elegance and constant motion. Its pops of color give it a sense of liberty that she wishes she could possess.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies represent emotional distress for both Belinda and Amma. Belinda scavenges for familiar products when she is sad, anxious, or upset, and...

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