During James upbringing, his experiences were more of the opposite of his mother. As seen earlier in the book, James had a loving family and caring mother and father. While Ruth’s family was completely the opposite. When it comes to school, Ruth experiences also differed from James. While James had questions and was curious, it did not affect him the way it affected Ruth. For example, Ruth was in constant pressure from the fear of racial clans around her town (McBride 51). This contribute to Ruth’s agonizing childhood while James did not suffer from this as much. James coping mechanics were also different than that of Ruth’s. For instance, James picked up Jazz as a way to escape his painful reality (McBride 55). Even though both lived in constant pressure of their perspective society, they had different experiences from school and different ways as to how they coped with these fear. …show more content…
Since Ruth is Jewish and James is black, they both faced difficulty with racial discrimination and prejudice. For example, Ruth stated that “death was always around Suffolk” (McBride 59). Both Ruth and James had to live in constant fear of attack because they are both in the minority. This transfer to school because both had trouble with prejudice in school also. James schooling also is similar to Ruth because both of them were distant from new people. For Instance, Ruth was a loner in school and didn’t have many friends. Her only friend was a girl by the names of Frances (McBride 40). While James had his siblings and family, he too did not have many friends because he was black. For example, James’s classmates judged him and believed James could dance because he was black (McBride 53). Both Ruth and James had to deal with racial discrimination during their schooling
While reading, the audience can compare Ruth and James by adventuring through the many struggles they both faced. As a white Jewish woman, Ruth often endured discrimination in her home town of Suffolk, Virginia. She attended a
Ruth’s Jewish faith was very strict and she did not agree with the practices of her religion. In fact, Ruth later converted to a Christian. James experience with his Christian faith is require because his mother was a religious person. Ruth’s religion played a significant role in her life because her parents was strict about it but she didn't like it.
Similarly, Raphaela appreciates Ruth’s welcome to the school, as being new is difficult for her. At a school with distorted hierarchy, emotional support is crucial. So, Ruth provides Raphaela a place where she could feel comfortable. Despite her appreciation, Raphaela often compares her bravery to Ruth’s.
Also rather than work her marriage out with her husband she just leaves. Beth would rather go the easy way, to leave than work through her problems. When Ruth first moved to the United States, she had to deal with being treated like an outsider because of being a Jew even though she was white she didn’t fit in to the white supremacy because of her religion, but that was something she accepted and dealt with in her infancy. Later when she was older she converted to Christianity that’s where she found clarity, and it was not a religion she was forced to practice like Judaism. After she married her first husband a black man, they they treated her like a black woman so she was constantly discriminated, there nothing she could do but to deal with that because she couldn’t change the other peoples mind.
“”That man’s lost his daughter,” Allen said. “He just want to get her out of the river, for God’s sake.”” (Rash 58) Allen and Kowalsky is similar because of their loss of their daughters, but also because of the influence the death of Ruth had on their
One thing in common him and his mother had was to stick with religion as a resolution to cure them spiritually. As mentioned, “Mommy took great pride in our relationship with God.” (McBride 53), although, James was young he was still curious about things of his miracle , but he definitely looked up to him and even more as he grew with understanding of his
In the narrative, Oates recalls her high school years in which she reconnects with Ruth Weidel, who gave teachers the implication that “something had happened” and how they “treated her guardedly” (Oates 561). This ties into the theme of the individual versus society. When she lived with her family, Ruth and the rest of her family were treated as outcasts and were talked about behind their backs. Now in high school, she remained alone until Oates worked up the nerve to befriend. Something had caused her to mature quickly and in the midst of that growth, Ruth created a barrier to protect herself from anymore pain.
Her characters like Walter and Ruth are forced to live in a cramped house because they don’t have the money to move out. Walter has to work as a chauffeur driving people around all day for a low wage. Just like in that time period when African Americans could not get high paying jobs, this aided in the racial problem because it kept blacks from being able to move into white neighborhoods. Another method used to keep blacks out of White neighborhoods was contract buying. “When selling on contract, the speculator offered the home to a black purchaser for a relatively low downpayment- often several hundred dollars would suffice.
This shows that one's lifestyle can change in a blink of an eye and not take things for granted. Due to Ruth May being ill, the rest of the sisters are forced to take over the household by cooking, cleaning and taking care of themselves. Leah By the end of the chapter,
Ruth lived a very sad life with her father, she admire the Black folks they were poor but they appeared happy. Ruth states, “If there was one thing Tateh didn’t like more than gentiles, it was black folks”(McBride 107). Tateh hated black folks so much that after Ruth married Dennis James’ father a black man, he disowned her. Keeping that a secret was better off for her kids but James wanted to know where was his mother from, who was her family, so James went to Suffolk, Virginia where his mother was raised. To find out that his grandfather was a racist, horrible person.
“When I asked her if she was white, she’d say, “No. I’m light skinned,” and change the subject again.” (Ch.4, pg.15) Ruth’s changing the topic of racial issues caused even more perplexity and insecurities within James. Because of his uncertainty, it was very difficult for James to decide how he fits into his conservative society. Also, in his community it was only the McBride siblings who seemed to come from the interracial family which made them partially feel like
Instead of giving in to the man’s racist ways, Ruth holds her ground and honors her husband by displaying her pride for him and their relationship publicly. She was undeterred by the possible negative outcome of her bold actions, which is key in an effective leader. Her courage and confidence lead her to making daring decisions, like marrying a black man, moving away from home, and helping her husband create a church from scratch. “‘What color is God’s spirit?’ ‘It doesn’t have a color,’ she said.
In the play A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry introduces a family trying to move up in the world but has trouble doing so because they are racially opposed by society. Starting in the 1890’s the Jim Crow Laws were used in the South as a way to oppose African-American giving them a status called, “separate but equal.” They mandated segregation of public schools, public transportation, public facilities including restaurants, bathrooms, and drinking fountains. In the 1950s African- Americans were starting to fight for equal rights and were starting to make headway.