Identity In 'Part One: Encounter'

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After reading Part One: Encounter, I have noticed a theme of identity. Clare and Irene seems to be satisfied with who she is and where she is in life, yet at the same time I feel like she isn’t sure of who she actually is. She is the wife of a rich white man who seems to be unaware of the fact that his wife is a light skinned black woman. She feels isolated from her own people yet she chose to go through with passing in the white world. It feels like Clare is trapped in the white world and doesn’t know how to escape. Not only does she feel isolated but she also has to be careful about protecting her real identity. If she accidently reveals that she is a light-skinned black woman she might loose everything she has. One quote that stood out to

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