Larsen Short Response

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Brandon Yanari Asian American Studies R2B Anna Leong and Janey Lew 13 March 2008 Short Response: Nella Larsen Passing Questions: Was Clare’s death suicide, or did Irene push her out of the window? Why does Irene constantly see Clare and allow her back in her life if she always talks about how much she despises Clare? Was Irene just paranoid, or were Brian and Clare actually having an affair? Is “passing” ethical? If John had not been such a racist, would Irene tolerate Clare’s “passing”? Overall theme: Clare cannot hide from the truth that her real identity is that of an African-American woman, and so she cannot continue “passing.” Secrets and suspected secrets both have the ability to change people’s thoughts, and turn them into something that they may not want to be. Passage: “Then came a thought which she tried to drive away. If Clare should die! Then-Oh, it was vile! To think, yes, to wish that! She felt faint and sick. But the thought stayed with her. She could not get rid of it” (Larsen 101). Brief Interpretation: This is what goes through Irene’s head, as she wishes that Clare would leave. It stresses the inner conflict within Irene that is prevalent in the novel. This conflict is that of self vs. self,
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