Symbolism In Suzanne Fisher Staples Under The Persimmon Tree

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(AGG) Symbolism is when a book has many hidden layers beyond the written text. (BS-1)In the book Under the Persimmon Tree the invisible meaning is that the stars stand for Najmah's hope.(BS-2)The stars symbolize Najmah’s feelings and are her faith.(BS-3)The stars guide Najmah but also mentally guide her.(TS) In the book Under the Persimmon Tree, Suzanne Fisher Staples uses hidden meanings in stars to help readers better understand a character in her book, Najmah. (MIP-1)The appearance of stars reflects Najmah's hope. (SIP-A)When Najmah can not see the stars she is not herself. (STEWE-1)The moment Najmah's mother and baby brother die she is struck with grief and loses all hope. During the time she is on the wagon she falls …show more content…
As first light takes the stars away it also takes her hope. From that point on in the book she has a rough time finding her family and temporary loses her voice. Without the constant help and reminder of her loved ones from the stars Najmah loses herself to find her family. (STEWE-2) On their way to Torkhum walking day and night the clouds cover the sky, “Intermittently clouds roll over the sky, obscuring the moon and the stars…”(109). This visibility of the stars shows Najmah's hope because as she looks up at the sky, she is crossing the last icy mountains towards Torkhum. She might make it, but then again might not because it is so cold and she is starving. When she lies awake at night while Akhtar looks for food she stares at the sky“and look up for al-Qutb…before I remember we are under the cover of the shawls…but if Akhtar thinks we are safer under a …show more content…
(SIP-A) The star guide her on her path.(STEWE-1) When Najmah was little her father taught her about “ the star that never moves” and told her “you will never be lost”(10) if you know the stars. Based on what her father taught her she has a vast knowledge of the stars and feels comfortable and safe with them. She and Nur used the stars to guide them on their way up and down the mountains of Golestan back home.(STEWE-2) Remembering what her father told her Najmah uses the second knuckle of her fist to find the star that never moves to keep the direction straight when she is traveling with Khalida and Akhtar through the mountains. ” I am able to keep our direction true by finding al-Qutb…”(109). The stars are very important in her life and help her survive in the mountains as they have no compass and are traveling at night. (SIP-B) The stars influences her decisions.(STEWE-1)While Najmah is ”staring at the stars, and praying for guidance.”(131) at the refugee camp she suddenly realizes a certain plan she was assembling while she was not under the stars. The stars are her helpers and made her realize her real goal. (STEWE-2) The stars dictate whether or not Najmah is going somewhere or not. ”I'm never lost knowing it's there”(226). On the night she set out to make her plan a reality she prayed to the stars at night while they were shining brightly down on her.(CS) In conclusion the stars

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