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  • Pass Into The White Community As Clare
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    Passing and Human Relationships The Harlem Renaissance was a turning point for many African Americans. A vast amount of literature was created specifically for this group during this era. For the first time, African Americans were being told that it was okay to be proud of who they were. This new consciousness and self-awareness was prominent in many works of literature, but several writers began exploring the darker side of this movement with literature that concentrated on the negative aspects...
  • Irene Believes Clare
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    Leslie M. KonenPassing and Human Relationships huge amount of literature was created exclusively for African Americans during Larsen's time. For the first time, African Americans were being told that it was okay to be proud of who they were. This new knowledge and self-awareness was important in many works of literature, but a number of writers began exploring the darker side of this group with literature that concentrated on the pessimistic aspects of race relations in America. Nella Larsen's n...
  • Passing Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry
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    The Root of Jealousy In Nella Larsen's Passing, Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry show us a great deal about race and sexuality in the 1920's. Both are extremely light-skinned women of African-American descent. However similar they appear to be, their views on race, a very controversial issue at the time, differ significantly. Clare chooses to use her physical appearance as an advantage in America's racist and sexist society, leaving behind everything that connects her to her African-American iden...
  • Irene Redfield Personality Clashes With Clare Kendry
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    Sexual and Racial Tension in Larsens Passing Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield are the two main characters in Nella Larsens Passing. We do not learn about the both of them by seeing or hearing the story from a neutral point of view. Rather, we are subject to envision the entire novel from behind the eyes of only one of these characters, Irene. At first, forcing the reader to suspend themselves in only one of these two complex minds may seem like a biased action on the part of the author. However, ...
  • Differences Between Clare Kendry And Irene Redfield
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    The Harlem Renaissance was a turning point for many African Americans. A vast amount of literature was created specifically for this group during this era. It was a period when the African American "was in vogue" and "white thinkers and writers were devoting a considerable amount of attention" to them (Taylor 91, 90). For the first time, African Americans were being told that it was okay to be proud of who they were. This new consciousness and self-awareness was prominent in many works of litera...
  • Clare And Irene's Relationship
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    "The tragic mulatta" exists in a realm of her own between black and white societies, struggling to assume an identity in one of the two. Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry, characters of Nella Larsen's Passing, were born alike as mulatta but their decisions in life have led them to diverging paths that sets Clare on one side of the "tragic mulatta" and Irene on the other. Meeting by chance twelve years after Clare had left to pursue an identity in white society, the two develop a relationship of so...

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