More by Austin Clarke

Topics: White people, Race and Ethnicity, Black people Pages: 2 (459 words) Published: March 14, 2012
More – Austin Clarke
This novel takes the reader through a series of thoughts and memories as a single mother named Idora Morrison reminisces about the struggles and hardships she has to endure coming from a foreign country to Canada. Not only does she have to find a way to get comfortable in her new surroundings, but she must also deal with racism to a degree that she never has before. Despite being able to make ends meet for her and her child, after her deadbeat husband has left her for America; she is alarmed to find out that her son BJ, has gotten into a gang. This news sends her into a downward spiral, where she feels alone, disappointed, invisible and let down by the place that she figured would be able to make her dreams come true – Toronto. This novel deals with a Caribbean woman who comes to Toronto and feels uncomfortable in her own skin, yet despite all odds is able to survive in a world that seems so cruel.

More is an allegorical novel, which portrays the difficulties experienced by a woman of a different race who's accommodating to the Western culture and community as a society.

Arguments/Supporting Themes
1. acculturaltion‬
2. social construct‬
3. immigration ‬
4. religion‬
5. racism‬
6. responsibility‬
7. adaptation‬

Course Connections/Themes
Aspects of the company town from Margaret’s Museum
* Immigrants are given these jobs where they make little money that barely gets them by * This causes them to only be able to spend their money on the necessities, and having a child makes things harders * The money made can’t help Idora get an education and go to college like she planned to because she is a single parent * Both had expectations for how they wanted their children to live * Both has expectations that were not fulfilled

Defining The Border
Us and Them/Dichotomy
* Idora constantly put herself, among others in a box and never thought of herself as one who...
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