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  • "I don`t belong here. I shall be leaving at once. This afternoon."
  • "You don't like Naxos Mrs. Crane?"
  • May I speak to my uncle?
  • "Please remember that my husband is not your uncle. No indeed! Why that would make me your aunt! He`s not-"
  • Directly at the beginning of the story, the reader learns that Helga Crane is someone who values her culture and religion. She believes that the racial issues within the school make her feel uncomfortable as she also breaks off the engagement with her husband.
  • Thank you! I can definitely see this as my home too!
  • "Welcome to Denmark, to Copenhagen, to our home!"
  • Helga Crane is inflicted with financial oppression as she goes to her Uncle Peter who she does not have a good connection with and asks for money. Helga throughout the story pretends to be white and this leads to her family disowning her.
  • "How am I supposed to escape from the oppression, the degradation, that her life had become? It is so difficult."
  • As the story continues on, she moves to New York where she edits stories from a wealthy woman about racial equality. While living here, she realizes that after attending many social events with Anne, Helga comes to the realization that she doesn't enjoy the racial conscious atmosphere that is shown in Harlem.
  • She tries to escape her oppression of not feeling home, so she moves to Denmark with her Aunt Katrina and her Uncle Poul. She began to feel satisfied with her choice of leaving until her second year living there as well as almost being forced to marry someone she was not in love with. She still was not satisfied. She questioned herself as well as if she really wanted to go back to America. These thoughts made her oppressed.
  • Helga faced great oppression towards the end of the story as Anne is getting married. This oppresses Helga since Anne`s achieving the relationship that Helga wanted badly. She also marries a preacher and experiences financial oppression as she`s living in Alabama in poverty. Religion is brought into play as she develops an illness and prays. After this, she creates a strong hatred to her husband and wants to leave. The author leaves us with the idea that Helga will face even more oppression.
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