Passing: Family and Minor Characters

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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
SETTING
Chicago and New York City, the mid-late 1920s
LIST OF CHARACTERS
Major Characters Irene Redfield - Irene is the protagonist of this novel. She is a light-skinned African-American woman, who sometimes “passes,” when it is convenient for her. She is married to….. Minor Characters Clare Kendry/ Bellew - Clare is a light-skinned, blonde, African-American woman, who passes as white. Clare grew up with Irene in South Side Chicago. After Clare’s nasty father…….. Bob Kendry - Bob is Clare’s mean father. He is the son of a white father and an African-American mother. It is his white aunts that care for Clare once he dies. Gertrude Martin - Gertrude is Irene and Clare’s childhood friend. She is also…… Fred Martin - Fred is Gertrude’s white husband.

John “Jack” Bellew -Jack is Clare’s white husband, who does not know that she is African American. He is a bitter racist. He refers to Clare as “Nig” because her skin has gotten darker during the course of their marriage. He makes only three appearances in the novel, although he is frequently…… Additional major and minor characters are identified in the complete study guide. CONFLICT

The conflict of a plot is the major problem the protagonist experiences. Because Passing is such an ambiguous KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
SETTING
Chicago and New York City, the mid-late 1920s
LIST OF CHARACTERS
Major Characters Irene Redfield - Irene is the protagonist of this novel. She is a light-skinned African-American woman, who sometimes “passes,” when it is convenient for her. She is married to….. Minor Characters Clare Kendry/ Bellew - Clare is a light-skinned, blonde, African-American woman, who passes as white. Clare grew up with Irene in South Side Chicago. After Clare’s nasty father…….. Bob Kendry - Bob is Clare’s mean father. He is the son of a white father and an African-American mother. It is his white aunts that care for Clare once he dies....
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