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PASSING Essay

  • Submitted by: chaka
  • on December 10, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 743 words

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When faced with the obstacle of trying to find one’s self in a deteriorating world filled with racial Inequality based on skin color, patriarchal control, and female sexual repression in the pursuit of happiness, individuality gets distorted and sexual indeciviness erupts, causing a multitude of questioning about   one’s own identity in relation to the rest of the world. Therefore, in the collection, The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen, the main characters, Irene Redfield   and Clare Kendry ,in Passing, are forced to face the sexual and racial repression   in their own lives with the hope of establishing an identity away from the falsehood they are displaying to others around them Most importantly, Larsen, allows the characters, and the readers to witness the overall battle one faces when fighting against ignorance encountered by others based on skin color, and to what extent people are willing to go in order to find order and acceptance amongst others. ]
At first in Passing, we learn about the two main characters through a neutral third party, Larsen, in speaking of their existence. However, as the story evolves, the reader comes to the realization that the character, Irene, is controlling the story.   This may seem uninteresting to some at first, but at a closer observation, you can witness Irene’s sexual curiosity   through her   candid   description of Clare, when she first witnesses her at a restaurant , she states, “An attractive-looking woman, was Irene’s opininon, with those dark, almost black, eyes and that wide mouth like a scarlet flower against the ivory of her skin.”(Larsen, pg.177)   Also, the description for sexual attraction both exhibit when locking eyes on one another, “Again she looked up, and for a moment her brown eyes politely returned the stare of the other’s black ones, which never for an instant fell wavered..She tried to treat the woman and her watching with indifference, but she couldn’t. All her efforts to her, were futile. She stole another...

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