" I told myself i had to be like a soldier in a battle." Being at Central High School was very difficult for Melba and her friends. In this quote Melba is describing Central High like a battlefield.
The theme of this story is to value your education. Back then, people, like Melba had to fight for their education. But now, we just go just go to school, without knowing what people had to go through to make this possible.
Melba and the segregationist. Melba had to go through a lot of bully and violence because segregationist disapproved the idea of having blacks going to the same school as whites.
i can't believe you lost your job because this integration.
Melba's Easter dress is representation of symbolism. Melba's represent her journey from a child to adult. In the story, Melba asked her grandma to make her a dress, that seems more grown up like. Her mom and grandma agreed to making her the dress because they felt like she have matured.
Melba's grandma is a static character because she stays the same throughout the story. She's a very religious person, who provide Melba with a purpose and taught her the words of God.
When Melba's mom lost her job was the falling action. This shows that the segregationist will stop at nothing until they get what they want.