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As the novel proceeds, Angela becomes estranged from her family as she chooses the material advantages of “passing” as white. What evidence do you have in this short opening excerpt that Fauset recognizes the alienation that results from such a divided self ? Consider such passages as: “Color or rather the lack of it seemed to the child the one absolute prerequisite to the life of which she was always dreaming” (para. ) and “the heritage of her mother’s fair skin” (para. ).
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