Theme for passing
Clare Kendry is passing in the white world. She is seen as an exotic beauty among the whites.
Irene accepts her identity as black and stays with the black community. She and Clare used to be good friends.
Irene and Clare see each other in Chicago, years later, at a hotel restaurant. This leads to many conflicts among the two and their families.
Clare and Irene, later in the novel, go to a party with Irene's friends. Irene doesn't want Clare back into the community and hates how she doesn't think of her daughter , Margery, or her husband, who doesn't know she is black.
Jack, Clare's husband, shows up at the party. He shows his hatred for her black culture. This was inevitable since Clare never told him she was black.
Irene is so angry with Clare that she pushes her out the window. But ultimately Clare not accepting her true culture, which was part black, led her to her death. She never truly lived and lived a life of manipulating people and hurting others. Not accepting her culture was the main cause of her unhappiness and death.
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