Masculinity In Milkman's Pilate

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Pilate regularly defies the normal gender roles of society by embodying more masculinity than many other characters in the novel. As the mentor of Milkman, this motif of Pilate’s masculinity allows her to take on a role in Milkman’s life that is a combination of both mother and father, positions in his life which are filled by deeply flawed individuals. From the moment Milkman meets Pilate, he is aware of the fact that Pilate is unique in her relation to the world around her. Leading her small family all by her own, she is still able to be as human as anyone else he had meet. In describing the fun that he was having while being in the presence of Pilate and her family, Milkman says “it was the first time in his life that he remembered being
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