Discuss the symbols in Edwidge Danticat's novel Breath, Eyes, Memory. Symbols include: literacy, daffodils, the marassas, the color red, blood, and the Erzulie.

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In her acclaimed 1994 novel Breath, Eyes, Memory, author Edwidge Danticat uses symbolism, particularly colors and motifs, to articulate certain themes, feelings, emotions and other points that she wishes to make to the reader.

The concept of "literacy" is deftly explored in ways that transcend the academic nature of the word. It's not just about who can read and who can't, but about how certain characters like Grandma Ife can intuit an entire story from blinking lights and sounds or how Sophie fails to understand some of the allegorical nuances of Grandma’s storytelling.

Daffodils play into Danticat's use of color, describing how the bright yellow flower is young Martine's favorite, even though it's not native to her homeland. The yellow is the symbol of light, warmth, and joy while the flower itself represents growth, resilience, and perseverance. Ironically, Martine begins to tire of the daffodil as she grows up and gravitates toward red flowers instead—a clever way to explore how her...

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