Devil In A Blue Dress Character Analysis

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In literature, animals are often used to describe the nature of humans. In the novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, author Walter Mosley uses animals and animal stereotypes to characterize Easy Rawlins, Raymond Alexander, and Daphne Monet. In addition, Mosley reveals complex issues of cultural identity through animal symbolism. Easy Rawlins contradicts racial stereotypes by being intelligent and resists violence and crime. Easy is compared to a jay because jays are not violent or savage creatures. Daphne Monet is compared to a zebra because she is unable to conform to the African American community or the white community. By using animal symbolism, Mosley demonstrates that identity is not dependent on race or the pigmentation of skin.
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