In the 1950s, there was a great racial segregation in the United States. The white people did not like the black people, and this caused the blacks to be treated badly. In this short story “Jesse” we see how a young girl forms her own impression of the black people.
“Jesse” is a short story written by Joy Boothe in 2012. The main theme in the short story is racial segregation and the treatment of black people in the 1960 in USA.
The essay is about a girl and her mom, dad and sister. We also hear a little bit about her uncle. In the short story we follow a girl from when she was a little girl to, she is a grown woman.
She had an uncle called Jesse. He was a drunk and she was scared of him. And therefore, she hated the name, but this changes in the short story. She got to know another Jesse.
Her father worked at a glue mill, and Jesse also worked here. Jesse was nigger, and in the short story we see how the young girl forms her own impression of black people. At the end of the short story the girl names her son after Jesse.
The main character in the short story is the narrator. The story is told from her point of view from age 5 to age 27.
In the short story we are told how she feels and thinks about the people, the setting and the events that occur.
The girl changes throughout the story both knowing that she grows up from the age of 5 to 27, but she also changes her view of black people and the prejudices that her grandmother has pushed on her.
She also changes by going from hating the name “Jesse” to naming her son after “Jesse”.