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    as "modern" and "backwards," respectively. When these two worlds collide, the differences--and the danger--rise significantly. This discrepancy between the old and the new is one of the principal themes of Gloria Naylor's Mama Day. The interplay between George, Ophelia and Mama Day shows the discrepancies between a "modern" style of thinking and one born of

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    There are two very different settings in Gloria Naylor’s “Mama Day”. Both settings happen to be characterized by the ideas and culture of the people who inhabit the different places, both being located in America. Throughout “Mama Day” Naylor tells a story of two African Americans, that are in love, from different backgrounds. Cocoa who was born in Willow Springs, an island that is not considered part of the United States and that is not part of South Carolina nor Georgia, was raised by two female

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    Racism In Mama Day Cocoa

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    treated, many were ashamed, and for those who were proud of their culture were not allowed to express it during slavery. Masking and hiding their true feelings is how majority of Africans survived slavery and racism after slavery was abolished. In Mama Day Cocoa continued reference to people as food reveals how she has been treated. Cocoa refers to people as food when she calls Asians “kumquats” and Puerto Ricans “Taco”. These terms are racist and Cocoa uses them as prejudice against others races

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    These two stories are very different from one another. The story Mama Day has a lot of supernatural and non-relatable elements to the story, while the story How the Garcia girls lost their accent is more relatable and realistic. Each story has a cultural background. For instance, in Mama Day Willow Springs was once a land owned by a slave master who was murdered by a slave and in How the Garcia girls lost their accent their roots are from the Dominican Republic and they are now trying to adapt to

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    class is Mama Day, a novel written by Gloria Naylor that has many themes and topics that will be seen throughout the course. Mama Day is a great novel to start with because it sets the tone for works such as “The Mulatto” and Our Nig. Not only is Mama Day a great novel to begin with, but it is also easier to understand after reading other works. Some of these earlier African American texts help us as readers to better understand Mama Day as they are, for the most part, easier to comprehend. Mama Day

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    Gloria Naylor's Mama Day Gloria Naylor's Mama Day takes place in two distinct environments, each characterized by the beliefs and ideologies of the people who inhabit the seemingly different worlds. The island of Willow Springs, comprised solely by the descendants of slaves, is set apart from the rest of the United States and is neither part of South Carolina nor Georgia. As such, its inhabitants are exempt from the laws of either state and are free to govern themselves as they see fit. Only a

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    Gloria Naylor's Mama Day It is impossible to interpret Gloria Naylor’s 1988 novel, Mama Day, in one way. There are multiple standpoints that a reader can take in explaining various events that occur throughout the book, as well as different ways that the characters in the book interpret these events. The author never fully clarifies many questions that the story generates so as to leave the readers with the opportunity to answer them based on their own personal experiences and beliefs. The

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    Gloria Naylor's Mama Day George and Ophelia grow up in significantly different environments with exposure to vastly dissimilar experiences; their diverse backgrounds have a profound impact on the way they interpret and react to situations as adults. George and Ophelia both grow up without their parents, but for different reasons. George grows up at the Wallace P. Andrews Shelter for Boys in New York. The Shelter’s strict surroundings did not provide the warm and inviting atmosphere

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    Mama Day by Gloria Naylor portrays magic as a central force in the lives of the characters living on Willow Springs, including George who is an outsider brought on the inside. The art of enchantment or magic is the reason the island manages to sustain itself, regardless of pressures on the outside (white capitalism) or on the inside. The entire novel is set on the premise of the existence of an island so surreal and arguably idealistic, that black people are successfully governed by themselves. Willow

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    Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day, through prefatory documents at the beginning of the novel, is able to further her rewrite of the African experience post-slavery. Naylor published Mama Day in 1988. During that year the term African American had been coined by Jesse Jackson. By using this term today we are able to honor our current place as American while also giving recognition and preserving our African Heritage Through the use of three prefatory documents Naylor is able to rewrite the historical African

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