A Man Called Ove

Color (Pink) Symbol Analysis

Color (Pink) Symbol Icon

The narrator asserts that Ove lived his life in black and white before he met Sonja. After meeting her, she brought color into his world by adding love and life to his existence. In this way, color comes to represent love, life, and the connection Ove has to Sonja. After her death, the only color Ove sees are the pink flowers he brings to her grave every week. They function as a reminder of the life and vivacity that Ove once experienced, though they die and don't last. Nasanin's drawings of Ove, on the other hand, are done in riotous color. When Ove agrees to accept Nasanin and her family into his life and puts her drawings up on his fridge, he regains the color and love in his life.

Color (Pink) Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below all refer to the symbol of Color (Pink). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 4 Quotes

But Ove isn't bloody arguing. He just thinks right is right. Is that such an unreasonable attitude to life?

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 33
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation long mobile

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other A Man Called Ove quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Chapter 5 Quotes

He was a man of black and white.
And she was color. All the color he had.

Related Characters: Ove
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 37
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile
Chapter 14 Quotes

And now she stood outside the station with his flowers pressed happily to her breast, in that red cardigan of hers, making the rest of the world look as if it were made in grayscale.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 133
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile
Chapter 24 Quotes

When she says that last bit she points at a figure in the middle of the drawing. Everything else on the paper is drawn in black, but the figure in the middle is a veritable explosion of color. A riot of yellow and red and blue and green and orange and purple.
"You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color," says Parvaneh.

Related Characters: Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” (speaker), Ove, Nasanin
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 212
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile
Get the entire A Man Called Ove LitChart as a printable PDF.
A man called ove.pdf.medium

Color (Pink) Symbol Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the symbol Color (Pink) appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Rules and Order Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...put the hook up yesterday. He offers her the plants and tells her that they're pink, and then describes the new neighbors. Finally, Ove leans down, digs up the plant from... (full context)
5. A Man Called Ove
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Rules and Order Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
The narrator says that Ove is a man in black and white, while Sonja was color. Before meeting her, the only thing Ove loved was math and numbers. When he was... (full context)
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...the next five years. He met Sonja on a train, and she was all the color he had. (full context)
14. A Man Who Was Ove and a Woman On A Train
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Rules and Order Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...father would have gone cross eyed. Finally Sonja arrived and was thrilled to receive the pink flowers. (full context)
19. A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
...the car, gets his flowers, and they walk to Sonja's grave. Ove offers her the pink flowers and introduces the "cat annoyance." He clarifies to Sonja that the cat looked mangy... (full context)
24. A Man Called Ove and a Brat Who Draws In Color
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Rules and Order Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
...the figures are all drawn in black except for Ove, who is drawn in bright colors. She tells Ove that Nasanin always draws Ove in color because she thinks he's funny. (full context)
30. A Man Called Ove and a Society Without Him
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Rules and Order Theme Icon
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Ove replaces the pink flowers at Sonja's gravestone and then tells her that life has been mayhem as an... (full context)
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
Memory and Grief Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...wait for him because he doesn't have time to die right now. He replaces her pink flowers and heads back to the parking lot, muttering that there's a war on. (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
Love, Family, and Community Theme Icon
Principles, Fairness, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...Ove threw the letter away and put the photograph on his fridge next to Nasanin's color drawing of Ove. (full context)