The Color Of Water Analysis

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Book Analysis: The Color of Water
The book, The Color of Water by James McBride presented many aspects of cultural diversity from different individuals to groups of people. The book is an autobiography about James McBride’s mother, Ruth. The author thoroughly explains what Ruth had to go through during the time where diversity amongst individuals was clearly avoided. In addition, it explains James’ life after the death of his father and the ups and downs he encountered. After reading this book, I now have a better understanding of how important it is for people accepted the differences in each other and accept that we are a country of cultural diversity, not divided groups. The analysis of this book will thoroughly explain the positive and …show more content…

Ruth Shilsky and her Orthodox Jewish family immigrated into the United States for a better life. Ruth was born in Poland on April 1, 1921 and came over to the United States at the age of two. The Shilsky’s traveled all around the United States looking for a job as a rabbi. Tateh, Ruth’s father, opened a grocery store in Suffolk, Virginia which was a town predominately black. Her father had a very racist’s personality, calling people offensive names and overcharging the people that came through his store which made him rich. As Ruth became older, she was sexually abused by her own father. Her father was very controlling with Ruth, especially when she worked at the family store. Ruth felt like she needed to leave the house, she needed to be away from her abusive, racist father. Once as Ruth graduated high school, she left the house and moved to Harlem, New York where she worked in her aunt’s factory making leather. Ruth settled with her relatives permanently. In Harlem, this is where Ruth met Andrew Dennis McBride whom was black. Remember, this was a time of a lot of hate towards blacks and Jewish people, many public services were segregated to divide the races which made it very hard on the young couple. She fell in love instantly with this gentleman, and eventually marrying him. Ruth’s family was not amused by her decision in marrying a black man they preferred her marrying a Jewish man. Ruth’s family rejected her, they considered Ruth “dead” to them because of the choices she made. The newly married couple went through vigorous amounts of hate from the people around them, especially the neighborhood where they lived which was predominantly black people. They were an interracial couple, living in a single race community which made it very difficult to live because of the amount of judgements and opinions they would receive. Ruth converted to Christianity to help cope with

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