So in this book we deal with a third person narrator which can be seen in this quote. “Elwood received the best gift of his life on Christmas Day 1962.”1
This tells us how we witness Elwood like a fly on the wall who observes and listens. This also allows us to expand and understand the various characters within the book.
The main character in this book is Elwood and when it comes to his external characteristics we know that he is a black boy who lives in Tallahassee with his grandmother, has a job, and was just about to start college.
As for his social characteristics we hear how his parents left him to move to California. This conveys the fact that his parents did not care for Elwood since they just left him without taking him with them to California.
His grandmother Harriet mentions that they should wake Elwood up but his mother just says”let him sleep.”2 Harriet does not have anyone else left after that we can establish that out from this quote:
“Her father died in jail after a white lady downtown accused him of not getting out of her way on the sidewalk.”3 So Elwood is the only family member she has left since her daughter and son-in-law did not want her anymore.
This moves us to the setting and where the story takes place in part two. At first Elwood is happy and tries to see the best of the situation in Nickel and his dormitory, Cleveland.
“It was the nicest-looking property Elwood had ever seen—a real school a good one.”8 As a personal characteristic we see Elwood as very determined about school so it is important to him to get an education since he cannot attend college while being here at Nickel.
But Elwood learns the truth about Nickel. An e.g. is when we hear about segregation at Nickel. “Midway between the colored and the white campus stood a single-story rectangular building”9 Which indicates the social environment.
This tells us the school is segregating the boys by race and making the boys feel ashamed of their skin color.
Like when Elwood was told to put on his uniform. “Directing Elwood to the colored section, which contained the more-threadbare items.
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