I’m always most attracted to the literary devices in novels and short stories that I read for my classes, and these novels are no exception. I have recently been not only drawn to the syntax in our most recent novel, but the continuous mention of birds and skyline, specifically in the children’s narration. I understand that the bird imagery is symbolic of freedom, but I was wondering specifically if the girl’s mention of birds was connected to her choice of freedom in the camp, where she left her family and found friends to be with. This novel is continuously giving me a “Caged Bird Sings” vibe and I just want to know if anyone else has any opinions.

Significance of the Bird and Sky in When the Emperor

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