The Women of Brewster Place Reading Log

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Erica Swigart 10/10/2015 The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor reading log Dawn: Dawn seems to simply set the scene for us. Introducing a few people, showing (painting a picture) of Brewster place. They built a wall making the street a dead end (symbolizing that people who come there are at a dead end?) The wall changed Brewster Place forever. Ben the drunk “colored man” drinks after the mailman comes. Also a distinguishing characteristic of Brewster place. Grey (used to be silver) bricks. The colored women that come to stay were “hard-edged, soft-centered, brutally demanding, and easily pleased, these women of Brewster Place…” (pg.5) Mattie Michael: Mattie Michael wants to please her father. He wants her to be with a “respectable man”. She spends Sundays with a guy she doesn’t even like. Her father doesn’t like Butch. Butch impregnates her. She loves and cares for her child greatly. Pages 23 and 24 were interesting as she is being beat by her father. “Home” will be a symbol in this book it seems like. We think about where Mattie’s home really is. We consider that it is back with her parents. Structure is interesting. There are 5 parts and it jumps over years. Etta Mae Johnson: Etta Mae Johnson was a childhood friend of Mattie’s. She has a very loud and very green car – what would this symbolize? Maybe just that she is super eccentric or maybe something else? Everyone things she’s weird and eccentric. Etta wants what all women seem to want which is a big great love and an easy perfect life. She was a bit of a wanderer. She was looking for her perfect man and therefore her perfect life. She became a very bold woman because of her childhood. When she was younger, women were not considered important. She now has decided she wants to be a strong woman in society (a bold move for that time?) best way to do this is to marry an important man. So she tries to go after Reverend Woods (I guess Reverends’ were important men?) Etta is upset and returns to Brewster Place after a one-night stand with the Reverend. Mattie is there for her all night. This really helps us see more of Mattie’s character too. It helps show us Mattie’s personality as she is there for Etta all night (like a mother). “Etta laughed softly to herself as she climbed the steps toward the light and the love and the comfort that awaited her.” She finds comfort in Mattie. Mattie and Etta are kind of Polar opposites. Billy Holiday is a big part in this.
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