Black Is My Favorite Color by Bernard Malamud

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About the short story The short story Black is My Favorite Color by Bernard Malamud is about Jewish-Black relationships in America similarly to several of his other novels (such as The Assistant, 1957) and short stories. Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) was born in Brooklyn as an offspring of Russian Jewish immigrants. Along with Saul Bellow, Philip Roth and Paul Auster, Malamud is one of the most important Jewish-American writers. Black is My Favorite Color deals with prejudice in general and positive prejudice on the part of a liberal humanist in particular, as well as with difficult relationships between people of different ethnic and social origins. It's also about self-image, self-deception and the way people are perceived by others.…show more content…
Pre-reading activities and assignments Phase 1: Brainstorming What comes to your mind when reading the title Black is My Favorite Color? Distribute cards for students to jot down their associations or write their ideas on the blackboard or flipchart. Students may try to think about connotations linked with color adjectives. They may discover cultural differences and similarities regarding values and feelings associated with black and other colours in their culture and compare proverbs, metaphors and similes: German gelb wie der Neid, rot wie die Liebe, grün ist die Hoffnung Schwarz wie die Nacht, schwarze Messen,schwarzer Humor, schwarze Magie, kreidebleich (white color compared to chalk) sein (with sickness, shock or Angst) French Black Blanc Beur, la magie noire, l'humour noir, une humeur noire , se faire des idées noires, une messe noire, un film noir, un jour noir, le jeudi noir, etc bleu: avoir une peur bleue, l'heure bleue, être bleu de froid, de peur, Tu me prends pour un bleu! English black humour, black market, a black-and-white situation, black mood, Black Friday blue: to feel (lonely ) and blue; I have got the blues Characterize the type of music called the blues. Phase 2:

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