"Your Blues Ain't Like Mine" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Your Blues Ain't Like Mine"
Discusses the character of Lily in Bebe Moore Campbell's novel.
# 24813 | 675 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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Discusses the character of Lily in Bene Moore Campbell's novel. Her central role in the intolerance that takes the life of an African American teenaged boy. Role of the white Southern patriarchy. Lily as a pawn of racist culture. Her desire to find freedom from the oppression of her sexist husband.

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"The character of Lily in Bebe Moore Campbell's novel Your Blues Ain't Like Mine plays a central role in the process of intolerance that takes the life of a black teenager, Armstrong Todd. Lily is not an especially intolerant person herself, although she has been raised in a culture and an area where intolerance reigns. She is white and uneducated, as many intolerant racists are, but she is more the victim of her intolerant sexist husband than an intolerant racist herself. However, she is in a culture which sooner or later forces every person to take a stand for or against intolerance. Ironically, it is because she is deprived by her socioeconomic position in society and by her sexist husband that shed is put in the position that leads to the boy's tragic murder.

Of course, this is not to say that Lily is responsible in ..."

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