Essay about Literary Analysis

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Literary Analysis- “Say You’re One of Them”
Karisa Levasseur 10/1/2011
Professor Asmus

My Parents Bedroom
In the short story, “My Parents’ Bedroom,’ written by Uwem Akpan, the most defining role of literacy that sticks out is symbolism. The images that are engraved into readers brains are ones that have deeper meanings than what we initially see on the surface. The story is told through the eyes of a little girl named, Monique, who is only nine years old. It is told in first person point of view so that the reader feels as if he/she is actually experiencing the situations first hand. The symbolism in the story, “My Parents; Bedroom,” illustrates the day to day struggle of living in Africa during the genocide. Symbolism is
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Both the black dress and the perfume are symbolic and ironic. They were both things that Papa loved, as well as Maman and that night their love came to an end. In order to protect their children both parents know what they must do. Papa who the previous night had watched Tonton Andre kill his wife, knew what would have to be done to ensure the safety of his children, he must also kill his wife. Although one cannot tell the difference between a Tutsi and Hutu without an ID card, the fighting between the two groups was dangerous to all. As Papa lands the machete on Maman’s head Monique realizes what was being hidden from her all day. “I begin to think of Maman as one of the people in the ceiling. It’s not safe for her to come down yet. She’s lying up there quietly, holding on to the rafters, just as she must have been last night when the man in the yellow trousers attacked me. She’s waiting for the right time to cry with me.”(351) Maman died to protect her people, her kids, and her husband. This shows how terrible life during the genocide was, innocent lives were taken because of religion. Maman wanted to keep her family safe and her people that were in the ceiling and that’s what makes her death symbolic. Most would run, get out as fast as they could, but she stayed and took the punishment as if it were owed to her. “When they ask you, say you’re one of them, OK?”(327) The last but most important part of the story and it symbolism

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