Pigeon English


Stephen Kelman

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Pigeon English Symbols


As is indicated by the title, pigeons are the most important symbol in the novel, representing freedom from oppression and prejudice. Part of the reason why pigeons are so significant is because of the parallels…

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In the novel, fingerprints symbolize the fear of exposing one’s identity . This symbol is most closely associated with Auntie Sonia, who is an undocumented immigrant and burns off her fingerprints in order to…

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In Pigeon English, heaven symbolizes stability and safety. Harri and his family are very religious, and Harri spends much of the novel imagining what heaven is like. Harri is especially fixated on the question…

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