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Gloria Naylor

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the-women-of-brewster-place-gloria-naylorNarrator, “Dawnhey were hard-edged, soft-centered, brutally demanding, and easily pleased, these women of Brewster Place.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, Understanding Gloria Naylor by Margaret Earley WhittCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.ColorRepresents the womens individuality and their shared experienceWallStands for the barriers of poverty, racism, and sexismWaterSymbolizes purification, clarity, and renewalSymbolsSchoolteacher whose desire for a peaceful existence with Theresa ends in tragedyLorraineLoving, optimistic mother and partner; gives in to fatal despair when her baby girl diesLucielia “Ciel” TurnerAmbitious, idealistic college dropout; campaigns to improve community living conditionsKiswana BrowneStrong, matriarchal heart of Brewster Place; surrogate mother to CielMattie MichaelMain CharactersNaylor joined the ranks of leading black women novelists in 1982 with The Women of Brewster Place, which earned her a National Book Award in 1983. Praised by critics for her candid, emotionally charged depiction of black life in urban America, her work portrays courage that transcends racism and shattered dreams.GLORIA NAYLOR 19502016AuthorKinship and friendship create a safety net in the shared fight to survive.Community of WomenRacism, sexism, poor choices, and violence have derailed the womens dreams.Unfulfilled DreamsThe women feel rejected by and therefore isolated from the rest of the world.AlienationSet in an aging housing project, The Women of Brewster Place explores the lives of seven vulnerable yet resilient black women. Out of the diversity of their dreams and complexity of their lives emerges a portrait of shared struggle and hope in a place that is both a prison and home.What Happens to a Dream Deferred?THEMESEnglishOriginal Language1982Year PublishedGloria NaylorAuthorThe Women of Brewster PlaceDramaNovel

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