Crumbs from the Table of Joy


Lynn Nottage

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Crumbs from the Table of Joy Symbols

The Graduation Dress

The graduation dress Ernestine sews for herself symbolizes the sense of self-sufficiency and confidence that she learns to cultivate. Lily teaches her that this kind of willpower and independence is necessary for Black women to…

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The Notepad

The notepad Godfrey uses to write down questions symbolizes an escapist desire to look toward other people or belief systems as a way of avoiding confronting hardship head-on. Throughout the play, Godfrey frequently pauses in…

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