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Homework 2007_12_03 - different Oates is trying to figure...

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Emily Ryan English 2020 Reginald McKnight’s “The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas” (2682-2691) December 3, 2007 1. Name the several ways in which Clint Oates is a liminal figure. Clint Oates is a liminal figure in that he cannot relate to the other black students in his class, but he cannot relate to the white students either. He thinks of Marvin as a slob and someone who makes the other black students look bad. The other white students think of him as a snooty person because he uses proper grammar. Even though he is an excellent student, his teacher does not want him to succeed because he is not white. He cannot relate to either race in this situation and therefore is a liminal character. 2. Explain this quotation and its relevance to the theme of the story: “I wondered what kind of light I could shine on Marvin, Oakley, and me that would reveal us as the same.” That quote really shows how different all of the boys are. While all of them are so
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Unformatted text preview: different, Oates is trying to figure out what they all have in common. Throughout the story he wonders why Oakley was picking on him instead of Marvin. He wonders what the real difference between them is. Marvin showed a new side to him when he hit Oakley and Oates shows how he is not looking for trouble. If “light could shine” on them it would only leave their similarities. 3. Identify another text that could be connected to McKnight’s story and explain the connection. McNight’s story has a lot of similarities to Phillis Wheatley’s “On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield.” Both are texts which ask what the difference between black and white is. McNight and Wheatley have the rhetorical purpose of stressing the insignificance in the color of people’s skin. McNight shows how people can be good or bad no matter their skin and Wheatley shows that we know persecution and should not do the same to African-Americans....
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