Blood Knot - Beth White English 120 Society & Lit...

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Beth White Reading Response 1 – Blood Knot by Athol Fugard Blood Knot by Athol Fugard explores the relationship between Morris and Zach, two brothers, both black, with differing skin color. The play, while seemingly focusing on the brothers’ relationship, actually focuses on the role of race in a home, especially families. One of Morris’ most important characteristics is the fact that, in contrast to Zach, he has light skin, light enough that he has been able to pass for white. As a result, Morris seems to feel guilty regarding his brother, needing to prove to himself, and Zach, that they do indeed have a “blood knot” and that they are, in fact, tied as brothers in a valued, however troubled, relationship. An essential aspect of Morris’ personality is that he seems driven to become closer than he has been in the past to Zach. This desire is shown by Morris taking a servile position to his brother. For example, the brother with near-white skin assumes the domestic chores in the
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