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  • Passing by Nella Larsen Theme: Don't pretend to be someone you are not. Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry are childhood friends that are both light skinned enough to pass for white. However, Irene has chosen to embrace her racial identity while Clare has chosen to pass for white and ignore her ethnicity.
  • And you're sitting here surrounded by three devils...
  • Hello, Nig.
  • Frankie Costantino Period 3/4 Marking Period #2 Extra Credit
  • The boys...Brian...What am I going to do? Clare...How could you?
  • Irene, Clare, and Gertrude are having a tea party and talking. Clare's husband John (Jack) intrudes and he make racist comments about black people, unknowing to the fact that three women he is with are all black. Irene and Gertrude are scared for Clare because she is in danger. Clare has hidden the fact that she is actually black from her husband for years.
  • Mrs. Redfield, wait!
  • Irene takes Clare to the Negro Welfare League Dance and in doing so Clare goes behind her husband's back to spend time with people of her true ethnicity. Clare betrays Jack in doing this, and this would have never come about if she just told the truth from the beginnning.
  • I've can't believe you've done this.
  • Irene finds out about the affair between Brain her husband and Clare. In doing so, Clare has essentially destroyed Irene's life and it begins to fall apart even more from here on. Clare is acting as if she doesn't care for Irene's life, but she seems genuine. Clare does not know how he actions affect others. Irene feels as if she is all alone now.
  • Irene goes shopping with Felise Freeland and they meet Clare's husband by luck. Jack knows of Irene's and Clare's racial status to a certain extent, and this scares Irene. She considers telling Clare of this, but decides against it to conserve her own marriage and let Clare deal with it on her own.
  • In the final scene of the book, John Bellew bursts into a party Felise is having and confronts Clare about her ethnicity. Clare who is overwhelmed is standing by an open window that Irene had opened before because it was warm. Irene pushes Clare and she falls to her death. If Clare had not pretended to be a true friend of Irene, then this could have been avoided altogether.
  • *Clare falling*
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