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When richard publishes the voodoo of hell s half acre

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Ella is very tolerate and affectionate towards Richard. When Richard publishes The Voodoo of Hell s Half-Acre, for example, the other members of the family except Ella attack him. But Ella shows consideration through her fear that Richard s writing might make it hard for him to get a job. Similarly, Ella walks on her weak legs to give Richard a hug when she learns that he will get a job in defiance of Granny s and Addie s wishes. It shows that she is very happy on her son s success. The essence of Ella s character lies in her illness. She represents those elements of life that are at once unpredictable and unfair. Her sufferings, in fact, become a symbol of everything wrong with the world for Richard. In the end, the unfriendly and harmful people would be sick and Ella would enjoy vigorous health. 3. Granny Richard s maternal grandmother is a strict Seventh Day Adventist. Granny is strict and religiously moralistic when she raises Richard and his brother during periods when Ella is too ill to take care of the boys herself. She is doubtful about Richard s abilities. Hence, she tries to inculcate discipline in him through physical punishment. 4. Uncle Hoskins He is Richard s uncle and Aunt Maggie s husband. Hoskins owns a successful saloon in Elaine. He scares Richard one day by taking him on a buggy ride and threatening to drive the buggy into the middle of the Mississippi River. White men who covet his financial success murder Hoskins. 5. Aunt Maggie She is Richard s maternal aunt and Ella s younger sister. White men who were jealous of his liquor business killed her first husband -Hoskins -. After his murder, Maggie fled with Richard s family to escape being killed by the same men. She later marries Professor Matthews, with whom she flees to the North after he murders a white woman. When Ella relapses in her illness, Maggie takes Leon to the North to raise him.
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93 6. Professor Matthew He is Aunt Maggie s second husband, whom she meets in West Helena. Richard refers to Prof. Matthew as uncle and distrusts him by his cold and remote appearance. Richard sees Matthew sneak in and out of the house at night to visit Maggie, and he is never allowed to speak of uncle. Matthews and Aunt Maggie are forced to flee when uncle kills a white woman by setting fire to her house and beating her. 7. Addie Wilson She is Richard s religious aunt. Addie lives with Granny in Jackson, Mississippi. It is her first year teaching at the religious school when Richard is enrolled in her class and she makes him into an example of a sinner. Addie beats Richard in school for something he is not guilty of, sparking their antagonistic relationship. Richard defends himself against Addie s beatings at home by carrying a large kitchen knife.
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