Mulatto: Black People and Son

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Lance Patterson
October 29, 2012
English 1102
Professor Mitchell
Comparative Essay Draft

Race Issues in Father & Son Bonding

The bond between a father and a son is one that shapes the son for his journey through life. A father teaches his son based on the things he’s learned throughout his life. In Langston Hughes’s Mulatto and August Wilson’s Fences two fathers with different racial backgrounds try to shape their sons way of thinking. Mulatto a play that takes place on a slave plantation in Georgia highlights the struggle a father Colonel Thomas Norwood a white slave owner has with his son Robert Norwood born a mixed child from a black mother during a time where blacks were considered lesser than equal Norwood still wants to provide the best for his son. Fences a play that took place in 1935 deals with Tony a bitter ex baseball players relationship with his son Corey, who wants to follow in his dads’ footsteps. Both in Fences and Mulatto race and background plays a major part in how these two fathers raise their sons’ and prepare them for the journey ahead.

There’s no doubt that a sons relationship with his father is something that is irreplaceable. But, when you have a father that is of a different ethnic decent can that bond be different. In Langston’s Hughes’s play Mulatto Colonel Thomas Norwood a white slave owner moves a young black field hand named Cora into his home after his wife passes. This relationship produces four children, but the relationship that sticks out is between Norwood and his son Robert. Robert is the classic age of 18 where he is finally letting go of the little boy mentality and considering himself a man. This father and son bond is strange because 60 yr old Norwood being the slave owner and Robert being the offspring of a black woman causes a conflict in Norwood’s life. Norwood is faced with a decision to do what he was brought up and taught to do which is put...
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