The Color of Water: a Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

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Professor Crawford English 102 14 April 2011 The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother James McBride was born in 1957 to Ruth and Dennis McBride and was raised in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects with his eleven brothers and sisters (Bodhos 2). In 1997 McBride’s bestselling memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother was published. The story is uniquely written in double voice with chapters alternating between chapters as the author recounts his life growing up as a biracial child and his mother recalls in detail her disownment from her Orthodox Jewish family, marrying a black man and successfully raising twelve biracial children. The connection of the two stories is compelling…show more content…
What was your purpose? What effect were you trying to achieve? My purpose for this assignment was to write an essay on one of my favorite books. 2. What was interesting about the process you went through in writing this paper, and what did you learn from it? The process of researching the topic was very interesting because although I had already read the novel, re-reading parts of it allowed me to elaborate more in this assignment. 3. What was the most difficult aspect about this paper, and what did you learn from the attempt? The most difficult aspect of this paper was choosing a thesis statement because there were so many options. But I learned to narrow the theme of the novel down to what I thought the author was trying to portray. 4. What do you see as the strengths of the paper, and what would you try to do if you were to revise it some more? The strength of this paper was my ability to write the essay focusing on points that I thought the author stressed in the novel. If given more time to revise, I would more in-depth details of Ruth McBride’s life. 5. What’s not a part of your paper that you think might help a reader understand or appreciate it more? What didn’t you put in? The setting of the story would help readers better understand the story. It wasn’t completely left out, but because the paper could only contain 750 words, there was no room for a thorough detail in the setting. 6. What kind of grammar or formatting

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