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Looking at James McBride and his mother, Ruth McBride.

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Introduction

Identity The story is told from the perspective of her son, James McBride. The mother, Ruth McBride, is an extremely confident and strong character as we can see from the quote of " leave me alone"," Don't bother me" and I " I don't want no parts of them" which further illustrate that she can be independent as she does not want to be part of the family, whereby a family should be a place to welcome you ,give you warmth, care about you and try their best to help you no matter what happens or how difficult to settle the problems. Ruth was born in Poland 1921 and was brought up by an Orthodox Jewish tradition and She tried to change her name as well as her religion from the quote of "Jewish name", "got rid of that name" and " I never used it again" which further shows that she detestation being a Jewish and worst still having a Jewish name. Furthermore, from the quote of "I left Virginia for good" which illustrate her childhood with her family is not happy at all, it seems like ...read more.

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She moved to New York to marry that black man at the same time her family pronounced her dead to them which I can see from the quote of "I been dead to them for fifty years. One of the characteristic that James wrote about his mother was the oddness in her as well as she is old fashioned by referring to this quote " went out of style a hundred years ago?" and also, the quote of " a grown-up no less? I couldn't handle it" maybe he felt that his mother was too childish and his own embarrassment. James always thought that his mother was strange and moreover, matters involving race and identity she was ignored. Perhaps, Ruth does not want the children to think too much and to the extend whereby they knew that there are difference in between them. Furthermore, Ruth does not cared to socialize with the neighbors and does not like to share her privacy to others which gives outsiders a sense of weirdness in her which usually one see a person in whole including family. ...read more.

Conclusion

From the quote "niggers are scared of revolution" and "swallowed the white man's fear of Negro" I could evaluate that there is a show of sign that racial discrimination was very common by then. Furthermore, association like Black Panther and Black power revel that in that period of time black was much stronger and powerful then the whites. Therefore, it stress on that there was a big racial difference in that moment of time. From the quote "contradiction lived and survived " implies that although white were implicitly evil towards blacks, Ruth forced her children to go to white schools to get the best education; which further support the view as I had mention above that Ruth take education for her children seriously, though blacks could be trusted however the standard of education was not up to the expectation.Nonethless,we will realize that Ruth does not like discrimination from the quote " she couldn't stand racists of either color" Soon, James realized that her mother was always in danger from the start of robbery by the two men which also means that due to racial discrimination, crimes are usually target on the minority of the racial groups in that country. ...read more.

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