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Significants of BananasThe use of bananas is seen numerous times within the book and i...

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hobo-with-a-s... | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM via web

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Significants of Bananas

The use of bananas is seen numerous times within the book and i have absolutely no clue what they might mean besides relating the family to monkeys. Any thoughts on this?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM (Answer #2)

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I think the bananas are a treat for the family and so demonstrate how poor and truly provincial the Bundren's are. Though this is not an especially significant detail, as far as I can tell, it does work to suggest that the family is quite poor - so poor that when they splurge, they splurge on something as cheap as bananas. 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM (Answer #3)

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I see the bananas as something longed for which shows the limitations of the Bundren's imagination and/or aspiration. Anse only longs for teeth and a new wife, Dewy Dell not to be pregnant and Vardaman for his mother to be alive in some context. They all aspire for what they already have had. The bananas are a safe treat as they know what to expect.

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