The first main character in the novel is Aunt Hager, an older Christian Baptist woman who was once a slave. She is the grandmother and advocate of one boy named, Sandy and mother of three girls named: Tempy, Annjee, and Harriet. Aunt Hager, even though she was once a slave, throughout the book she shows sympathetic tendencies toward white people. On many different occasions she defends how white people treat African Americans, explaining that they just don't understand or comprehend their horrendous treatment toward people of color. Although she defends white people, she has no problem in forming prejudice against her son-in-law Jimboy. Jimboy is married to Annjee, Annjee is also Sandy's mother. Aunt Hager's disposition towards Jimboy at times is intolerable to her daughter Annjee. Annjee loves Jimboy and they have been married eight years. Over the eight years, Aunt Hager has formed strong opinions of Jim...
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...onclussion on the path Sandy may eventually choose.
In conclusion, the author produces prejudices that surround each one of the characters in the novel. Each of the characters constructs their own internal turmoil dealing with the times and the race they were born into. The novel shows prejudices towards looks, class, race, and religious beliefs. In my opinion, the author shows that prejudice encompasses everyone's life in one form or another. Nobody can fully be excluded from the prejudices that are formed in this world. While the authors' sometimes-exuberant description of prejudice is narrated throughout the novel, he also describes through the use of the character Sandy, life is "Not Without Laughter" (p.249)
Hughes, Langston. Not Without Laughter. 1930. Introd. Maya Angelou.
Foreword Arna Bontemps. New York:Simon and Schuster, 1995. Print.
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