Emotions pilot our identity and destiny the author Wayne Grady has captured a mosaic of point of
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Emotions pilot our identity and destiny; the author Wayne Grady has captured a mosaic of point of views in the novel through intertwining characters and their relationships revolving around the main character Jackson. The author Wayne Grady conveys the growth of Jackson in the novel Emancipation Day through the exploration of the theme, Emotion as weakness. This is demonstrated through Williams negative emotions being poured upon Jackson leading both to take unnecessary measures, Jackson leaving his family behind to create a new identity due to the negative emotions associated his past, and his relationship with Vivian that is full of holes and misunderstandings. Emotions are strong and can sway a person back and forth and have a heavy…show more content…
As Jackson returns home, it is revealed to him that Jackson is after all his true son as he has made him proud and showering positive emotions upon Jackson. This is expressive of character change as the emotions that William threw upon Jackson determined their relationship, feelings, and actions.
Williams’s emotions of rejection towards Jackson leave Jackson feeling cut off form his family. Despite Jack’s black heritage he feels accepted with the whites, as they perceive him as one of their own due to his white skin. Jackson escapes the reality by denying his heritage and separating himself from his family by joining the army. Joining the navy band wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t look white, he describes the navy band, "Privately, they called themselves the all whites because there were no coloureds in the band. No one had blinked when Jack joined the band, which meant no one knew anything about him or his family" (Grady 27). He had even tried to join the army and leave his family before as a child, showing that his emotions and feelings of exclusion persisted throughout his childhood leading him to eventually leave, “ The dam fool couldn’t even wait until he turned eighteen, tried joining when he was sixteen, lied about his age”. (Grady 96) Because of all the negative emotions associated with his heritage, and his dads inconsiderate behaviour and emotions towards him, Jackson has took all those emotions and cut him self