In Seedfolks, what is one way in which the characters work around language barriers to communicate?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The garden is probably the quickest answer to this.  Part of what Fleischman's strongest argument in the novel is is represented through the garden.  The characters who have experienced different valence and experiences in life are able to communicate through a shared interest.  The garden and the actions that represent it help to highlight how the characters work around language barriers to communicate.  The garden represents a shared consciousness, where individuals can partake in something that is not solely one person's.  The preservation and maintenance of the garden is not something that is one person's, confined by one set of lexical expression.  Rather, it is something that is universal, applicable to all individuals and spanning across cultural and linguistic differences.  In the end, this might be the most profound statement of the novel, that human beings can unify and transcend differences through shared experiences and collective consciousness.

james456 | Student

someone said something about pantomime to me but yes the garden too

mulanburgess | Student

The garden is probably the quickest answer to this.  Part of what Fleischman's strongest argument in the novel is is represented through the garden.  The characters who have experienced different valence and experiences in life are able to communicate through a shared interest.  The garden and the actions that represent it help to highlight how the characters work around language barriers to communicate.  The garden represents a shared consciousness, where individuals can partake in something that is not solely one person's.  The preservation and maintenance of the garden is not something that is one person's, confined by one set of lexical expression.  Rather, it is something that is universal, applicable to all individuals and spanning across cultural and linguistic differences.  In the end, this might be the most profound statement of the novel, that human beings can unify and transcend differences through shared experiences and collective consciousness.

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