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Anthony Petrillo Mrs. Goodman AP English 9 November 2011 The Color of Water is a memoir detailing James McBride’s relationship with his mother, Ruth, and James’s effort to find out more about her past. Ruth’s father, Fishel Shilsky, is an abusive and selfish man. He does not care about his family at all; he only cares about his own needs. Fishel is an orthodox Jewish Rabbi, but he does not exhibit any of the good moral values that one might expect from a religious leader. Ruth’s father is a villain who is significant in developing the theme that a lack of trust causes people to become secretive, withdraw, cultivate prejudices and become independent and self- reliant. Fishel’s abuse is evident throughout the work, especially when Ruth narrates. He sexually abuses Ruth during her childhood. He gets in bed with Ruth and does “sexual things” to her. At the beach, he pretends to be teaching her how to swim, but he is really molesting Ruth. Ruth keeps her father’s abuse a secret because she is deathly afraid of him.
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