The Air You Breathe Symbols & Objects

Frances de Pontes Peebles
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Roda

The roda is symbolic of the solace the characters find in music. Rodas are born from the culture of which they were born and formed. Playing music together is a means of sharing human connection and practicing a respected cultural tradition. It is authentic in the sense that it is created by and only for those who fully understand and appreciate the significance of the music, specifically samba. The roda has rules that create an air of importance for the events that take place. The band must work together to create something satisfying, and then they lose themselves inside the music. For Dores, the roda is an escape from the tumultuous world around her. At first, it provides her a musical experience and human connection separate from Graça, which leads to the discovery of her lyrical talents. The songs they play in the roda become...

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