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Unformatted text preview: Right off, it must be made clear that the complexity of the pre-individualistic society is such that love and hostility go hand in hand, as do cruelty and kindness, reward and punishment. Richard never questions his mother's love for him, and although he rarely mentions demonstrations of affection and stresses the negative aspects of his family life, the love between him and his mother is taken for granted. The perversion of this love as an effect of slavery and oppression is what upsets him and serves as the theme of the book. The family's move to Memphis causes horrifying effects on the entire family. Richard's father becomes alienated and violent and, taking one of his father's careless commands at face value, Richard cruelly kills a kitten. Afterward he is horrified by what he has done, and his horror is underscored by his mother's religious, superstitious nature. She warns him of the dire consequences underscored by his mother's religious, superstitious nature....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08