Wallace Thurman's "The Blacker the Berry"
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This paper investigates C.S. Lewis' definition of Eros in regards to interracial relationships, by examining the relationship between between the character Emma Lou and her praise of white culture and white men in Wallace Thurman's "The Blacker the Berry". Emma Lou's behavior is explored based on Anita Foeman and Teresa Nance's stages of relationship development, which are racial awareness, coping, identity awareness and maintenance. The paper concludes that Emma Lou's interracial relationship demonstrates little communication and a lot of angst about their roles in the association; therefore, the relationship crumbles.
From the Paper:"In Foeman and Nance's article racial awareness is the first stage of their model. Emma Lou is abundantly aware of her race especially when she is surrounded by white people and culture; she feels inadequate and knows that a relationship with a white man would be impossible. She dates a few black men, one in particular is John. She deals with him categorically, listing him as too dark, and too lazy. Not only is Emma Lou apathetic but prejudiced with anyone who does not match up to her grandmother's education of lighter preferences."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Foeman, Anita K. & Teresa Nance. From Miscegenation to Multiculturism.
- Lewis, C.S. (1988). Four Loves. Arthur Owen Barfield, New York.
- Thurman, Wallace. (1996). The Blacker the Berry. Simon & Schuster, New York.
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