Meridian Setting & Symbolism

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Chicokema

Chicokema is the small town where Truman goes to see Meridian, and where she brings the local children to see the mummy that they've been turned away from because they are poor and black.

The Tank

Chicokema has an army tank in the town square, bought to protect the town from "outside agitators" working for civil rights.

Marilene O'Shay

The supposed mummified body of Marilene O'Shay is an exhibit in a traveling circus. The mummy is supposedly an unfaithful wife, killed by her husband who was forgiven by the law and the people because his wife was unfaithful. The flier says that her blackened skin reflects her sins. Black children are only allowed to see the mummy on certain days, and Meridian leads a protest against this. The children who see the mummy say that it's a fake made of plastic.

The Railroad Cap

Meridian wears a...

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