Gabriel By Gabriel Chapter Summaries

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Plot summary:
The novel begins with describing the setting of the Grimes family, which is Harlem, New York. The family goes to church frequently and is very religious. John, the protagonist, always feels out of place when he’s at church and often forgets his Bible, which is frowned upon. It’s the morning of John’s birthday and his entire family has forgotten. Until, his mom remembers that night and tells him to go buy something from the store. John spends the money on a movie he knows his father wouldn’t approve of. John gets back and home and walks in on his brother, Roy, and family very upset because Roy has been stabbed. Gabriel, John’s father, slaps his mother, Elizabeth, because she was careless in watching her kids. Gabriel then gives
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Is he a hypocrite or a simply a flawed human being?
Gabriel is definitely a flawed character; however, I don’t believe he is a hypocrite. He should’ve faced his resentful feelings, ironically enough he had plenty of chances to repent on this sin of his with all his church visits. Gabriel was not a bad person; he simply had a demon taking over his life.

3) Will Florence reveal Gabriel’s past? If so, how will this affect the Grimes family?
I don’t believe so and if she does it will be on her death bed. She may use it as blackmail towards Gabriel, but I don’t believe she could hurt her family intentionally. As far as she is concerned, her withheld information will only further put a strain on John and Gabriel’s already tattered relationship.

Write an old AP question that you could use this work to answer. Be sure to include the year of the question. Briefly explain how you would use the novel to answer the question.

1972. In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a novel or the opening scene of a drama introduces some of the major themes of the work. Write an essay about the opening scene of a drama or the first chapter of a novel in which you explain how it functions in this
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