The Ghosts of Nelsonville House
Imagery and Symbolism
Jacqueline Woodson expertly uses imagery to reveal to the reader her pride in her ancestral home, the home where her father was a boy. She calls on the reader to look into the house. Her use of imagery shows a home filled with much happiness. She views the home of her father, grandparents. aunts and uncles as a place that was full of life and a place where memories were made. In the text it says, "Once there were so many children here running through this house up and down the stairs, hiding under beds and in trunks...." This image shows the liveliness and joy that existed in the house. The image shows a home, not just a house. The house symbolizes family and love. It also symbolizes that the people who lived and played in that house are a part of Jacqueline. In the text it says, "Look closely. There I am in the furrow of Jack's brow, in the slyness od Alicia's smile...." The house symbolizes Woodson's beginnings.