This book had a theme of language. It was the southern dialect or how African Americans talked on the plantation. The type of dialect that made African Americans sound stupid and very
Uneducated. It made them seem like they did not even know how to say or pronounce easy words. That is a common thing with this theme. You rarely see when a book is trying to make an African American seem smart or like they have a little bit of common sense. The only time that an African American seems some what decent in their dialect is when they are either raised around or in a white community or in certain situations. When I say certain situations I mean like when they are born White but switch their race to African American which in my eyes does not count as making an African American sound smart or have decent dialect because the person was not originally African American. One novel I can think of right off the top of my head that makes an African American seem somewhat smart is Pudd’nhead Wilson. The character beign Roxy or Roxanne. Her smart was in a sneaky way though. She was smart at getting out of situations and thinking of something on spot. That is not the same thing as an African American being a successful doctor in a novel like these but th...
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...t care. Janine and Tea Cake get married nine months after Jody died. That is quick to me but then again she fell out of love with him. I feel like she still had a little love in her heart because she visited him on his death bed. Even if it was to yell at him about beating her but I would not easily let that go either.
We go back to the theme of marriages not working out with Janine and Tea Cakes marriage. This marriage was different than her other two though. Instead of being married a little while and then having problems they had problems in the very beginning. Tea Cake stole from Janine and ran off one night. That also goes with the theme of Janine having not so good taste in men. She started thinking that he only married her for money after he stole from her and ran off. Which I mean anyone would think that if that happened to them. When he returned he told her
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