The Color Of Water By James Mcbride

953 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Color of Water, James McBride’s autobiography and tribute to his mother, gives the reader a look into his childhood and growing up biracial. James McBride was born to an African-American father and a Polish Jewish immigrant mother in 1957. While James was too young to fully grasp the civil rights and black power events that took place in the 1960s, he recounts experiencing these events vicariously through his older siblings. James McBride does a marvelous job at painting a vivid picture for his readers in The Color of Water. Although McBride utilizes language and rhetorical devices to alter meaning there are passages that require critical examination of language. A critical examination of language contributes to our understanding of a literary text by deepening and expanding our understanding of a work of literature. A critical analysis of The Color of Water will allow us to break this piece of literature into parts and examine its components. In doing so, the reader can offer alternative meanings about each part.
The first sentence of The Color of Water prepares the reader for what is to come. “I’m dead. You want to talk about my family and here I been dead to them for fifty years. Leave me alone. Don’t bother me.” From this sentence we can infer McBride’s mother will be a vital part of this literature, however, the reader will learn about the writer’s mother as McBride attempts to figure his mother’s life story together. James truly wants to know about his mother 's…
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