"The Color Of Water" is a memoir, written by James McBride about a biracial man, his white Jewish mother, their family, and their struggle from the early 1900s till the mid 1900s. The main characters in the memoir are the author and his mother; they tell their stories and alternate chapters throughout the memoir. the memoir begins with the author's mother explaining her earliest memories of her parents, the details of their marriage, and their coming to America. James's life was a chaotic mess, the only order in his life came from his stepfather, who was named hunter, Hunter was a strong good natured man who was the only father figure James had ever known.
In The Color of Water, author James McBride writes both his autobiography and a tribute to the life of his mother, Ruth McBride. Ruth came to America when she was a young girl in a family of Polish Jewish immigrants. Ruth married Andrew Dennis McBride, a black man from North Carolina. James's childhood was spent in a chaotic household of twelve children who had neither the time nor the outlet to ponder questions of race and identity. Ruth did not want to discuss the painful details of her early family life, when her abusive father Tateh lorded over her sweet-tempered and meek mother Mameh.
Ruth May gives the closure that a novel needs by telling Orleanna to forgive and move on and by letting the reader know that she is at peace. The significance of the quote is to show that Ruth May is the congo now. She is apart of the congo and shares the same spirit that the congo has. Ruth May calls herelf muntu, “I am muntu Africa, muntu one child and a million all lost the ame day” (Kingsolver 537). She is saying that she is a person and that she has become one with the spirits of all those other children who have lost their lives in the congo and become a part of the congo’s
“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.
From reading the first act we are introduced to the seemingly main characters; Ruth, Walter, Beneatha, Travis, and Mama. We get a basic understanding of their ideas, beliefs, principles, personalities, and priorities. Ruth and Walter are the parents of Travis. We don’t get to see a lot of Travis’ personality in the first act, but I feel that he is like many other kids, absorbed in his own life and maybe even a little bit unaware of the family’s income (“Teacher say we have to.”
In the novel The River Between Us Mama is very affected by the war her baby boy Noah goes off to war and she doesn't know what to do without him. When Noah was gone at war Mama became very depressed. She told her daughter Tili to go and get her son and don’t come back without him. One day they brought a body back and Mama thought it was her precious son. Before she found out that it wa really her husband, she already committed suicide.
“And when you get down to it, Lily, that’s the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love – but to persist in love.” (289) August Boatright, South Carolina – Summer of 1964. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is dynamic and intense. This novel covers a variety of social issues such as cultural expectations, economic circumstance, and ethnicity.
The latter is described as being pretty and lively whereas Mrs. Wright lives the life of an outcast, keeping to herself. The loneliness in the two women’s lives adds a dark atmosphere to the respective stories as well as an undeniable gloom. In conclusion, Ruth Warren and Mrs. Wright share many life experiences and struggles, but what makes them different is the way in which those struggles shape them. While Ruth Warren retains her cheerful attitude despite her gloomy situation, Mrs. Wright becomes a shell of her former self, yielding her happiness completely to her
When Ruth lets Walter win the arguments, he thinks he is right, even though most of the time he isn’t so than with him thinking he is always right, they argue more because Ruth knows he isn’t. In conclusion, Ruth and Walter are the characters who influence the plot the most because they are always arguing and complaining to each other. Ruth and Walter are a married couple and disagree about things which causes conflict between the
Yet, at home, she devotes love and curiosity to her family. This contrasts to multiple other characters, as the relationship between Ruth and her single mother is inspiring. Accordingly, she respects her mother, who provides encouragements like, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” With pure gratitude, Ruth seeks to apply her mother’s words. When bullies trouble Philip, Ruth can empathise with him.