In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: According to Hazel V. In numerous ways, Larsen takes pains to show that something about her major women characters significantly sets them apart from the less ambiguously black women around them, whether it be that they can pass for white or that they have a white parent.
It is a story whose tension emanates from the three main characters and which concludes in a web of ambiguity and mystery. The unmistakable purpose lies in the psychological-social problem area, for the racial dilemmas illuminate intricate personal relationships, all of them possibly doomed.
She also studies potential marital problems precipitated by jealousy and suspicion, dilemmas of child rearing and infidelity, and financial security versus personal fulfillment. In passing, Clare has deliberately distanced herself from the past, but Irene quickly remembers, with more than a touch of uneasiness, her old friend as unpredictable, an aggressive, risk-taking woman who delights in living dangerously.
Yet, fascinated with the possibilities, she allows it, even encourages it, to happen. The persistent Clare, aided and abetted, however reluctantly, by Irene, makes herself part of the Redfield circle. When her husband, the racist Bellew, goes off on his frequent business trips, Clare and the Redfields are together, for at these moments the passing woman feels that, in a sense, she is openly validating her own identity, reaching out to The entire section is words.
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The scene from Wharton’s novel 42 Irreverent Intimacy: Nella Larsen’s Revisions of Edith Wharton describes an uncomfortable exchange between Pauline and her second husband, Dexter: “He stood up, and sent a slow unseeing gaze about the room.
Nella Larsen’s novel Passing is centered on the character Clare Kendry, a light-skinned, biracial woman living as a white woman. She has married a white man who knows nothing of her race and enjoys all the social comforts of being white.
In this way, this novel breaks down the thematic binary of black and white with its depiction of racial passing. However, another interesting reading of homosexual passing in Passing is David Blackmore's interpretation of Brian Redfield's (Irene's husband's) possible homosexuality.
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