Where the Dead Sit Talking Symbols & Objects

Brandon Hobson
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Sequoyah’s Scars

The scars left on Sequoyah's face in the aftermath of what he says was an "accident" involving his mother and some hot grease are outward representations of his inner pain - specifically, the pain caused by the sense of abandonment, disappointment, and suffering that he has experienced throughout his life with his alcoholic mother. They are also both a literal trigger of, and metaphorical representation of, the inner suffering he has experienced as a result of the rejection and bullying he has faced throughout his childhood and youth.

Sequoyah’s Eyeliner

The makeup that Sequoyah puts around his eyes represents his desire to feel good, to feel attractive, and to feel secure in himself. Putting on the eyeliner is associated with courage and defiance, Sequoyah claiming that he has a right to be who he is. The power and value of this claim are...

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