The main character goes out, unconsciously, to search for the "American dream." He wants a loving family that does not fight with one another. One evening he walks down a suburban street and watches families interact and desires that love and bond. He remembers his mother crying and his stepfather yelling and believes them to be cruel. "They're cruel, I thought, and warned myself that I should never forgive them. How could they do this to me"(91). He realizes through the arguing family he is staying with, that maybe there is no such thing as the "American dream", and that all families have problems.
When he looks through the Van Deusens daughter's stuff, he begins to have some
sort of obsession with her. He dreams that she falls in love with him. In reality he does not have feelings for her at all; he wants to be like her. He loves the idea of her and ...
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... job. He realizes that his past was not as difficult as current place in life.
The story "Black Hair," touches upon many issues, and the main character learns a lot about himself. He learns how to accept himself and accept his past. He learns that the "American dream" is falsified and has yet to find a person actually living it. He gains
knowledge about hard work and how, for some, it never pays off. He learns that he can not "rub away" his past, and accepts it. He also learns that his past life was not as bad as he thought, compared to working at the factory. In our lives, we always strive for more. It never seems like we have enough. But by reading this short story, we too can learn the same lesson as the main character did; our lives are not that bad, and things could get worse.
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