Literacy Term Analysis

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  • Protagonist - Ruth
  • Antagonist - Turk Baure
  • *Racism, threats, plans of violence*
  • "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY I EVER SAW WAS BORN WITHOUT A FACE. From neck down, he was perfect: ten fingers, ten toes, chubby belly. But where his ear should have been, there was a twist of lips and a single tooth. "(9)
  • He is beautiful!
  • Overall, Ruth is a kind, caring, compassionate woman who wants the best for everyone. She is a widow living with her son Edison, while she also works at a hospital as a nurse who takes care of women going into labor. She doesn't treat people more or less based on the color of their skin, and she always gives 100% effort into everything she does, Ruth does not change much through out the book, however, it is evident that Ruth can stay strong through the hard times.(Such as when she is accused of murdering the child of white supremacists.) She keeps cool and tries to go with the flow, but asserts her
  • "'I hope it's not too late.' I almost laugh. As if I'm going to get any sleep tonight." (125) "I fall asleep. I know this because when I first hear the jackhammer at 3:00 A.M. I think it is part of my dream...[but] the jackhammer doesn't stop." (126)
  • BANG BANG BANG
  • Turk Bauer grew up with the strong belief that people with white skin are superior to those that do not. Turk shows violent aggression to many people due to his son dying. He accuses a nurse (Ruth) of murder and calls her many names. Turk, however, seems to see the light at the end of the book, after his wife commits suicide and he remarries to start over. He realizes that he doesn't want to be a part of something that endangers other people's life after loosing the lives of two people he loved dearly.
  • "The woman smiles, but she doesn't leave. She trails us at a distance, like a child's toy being dragged on a string." (263)
  • Theme: The author wanted her audience to understand that the way a person looks should not matter. Just because someone looks different does not mean that they are any less than everyone else. Racism, sexism, and many other beliefs are created from the way people look. The author however, wanted the readers to know that how a person conducts oneself is what makes a difference, and that looking a littler deeper into someone, taking the time to get to know them can reshape their life for the better.
  • "Then our four-year-old, Violet, refused to eat of bowl of Cheerios and sobbed until Micah agreed to fry an egg for her, at which point she was so far gone down the path of nuclear meltdown that she burst into tears again when the plate was set down." (71)
  • Is he okay?
  • This part of the book Foreshadows Ruth's arrest. Ruth was just told that her nursing license will be suspended, meaning she can't work at the moment. A union lawyer calls Ruth telling her that the state is charging her for the death of baby Davis Bauer. The Lawyer politely says that she hopes she is not interrupting Ruth from sleeping. Ruth thinks to herself that she was not going to get sleep anyway so it's okay. A couple hours later, cops come in her house and arrest her for her "crime." Ruth does not get any sleep that night.
  • Simile: Ruth takes her lawyer out shopping with her so she can experience what it is like to be an African American. She shows Kennedy (her lawyer) how African Americans are not trusted by society and how even shop keepers have a wary eye. Ruth's description of the sales person gives the readers more of a understanding for the book by giving them a great image on how the events were really happening.
  • Hyperbole: In this situation Kennedy's daughter is clearly upset about breakfast and the author's word choice of "nuclear meltdown" added to the chaotic moment. Violet was not actually having a nuclear meltdown. She is only five, and most likely doesn't even know what the word nuclear means. So the usage of the word created an exaggerated element that help the audience better understand the rough morning they were having.
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