Analysis Of The Passing Of Grandison By Charles Chesnutt

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In the short story “The Passing of Grandison,” the author, Charles Chesnutt, admires the rights and power that Dick Owens has as a white man and as the heir to a plantation, but he does not agree with how Dick obtained these privileges. During this time period, the African American populations were extremely degraded and had practically no rights. As we know, Charles Chesnutt was technically black despite his light skin tone. This meant that Charles Chesnutt, like his parents had limited rights. Dick Owens on the other hand has many rights and is not looked down upon liked Charles was. The way Dick obtained his rights is clearly shown in the quote: “Wealth or social position he did not need to seek, for he was born to both,” (Chesnutt). This
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