The Women of Brewster Place

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Kathleen review of how Mattie takes Lucielia in her arm and begins to rock her as a mother would rock a child that is unable to be comfored in any other manner. I can hear the cadence of my mentor stating get an education it can’t be taken away from you, you will be able to make a future for you and your children and no one will be able to take that away. “Mattie offers the soothing power of words and the water of symbolic baptism, Puhr (103-104), the baptism comes after the commission of an unforgivable sin of the abortion of her unborn child and the taking of the only one in her life that loved her unconditionally. The purging of all the wrong one has done, is demonstrated in the rocking of Mattie’s arms. The sin being represented by the silver splinter, and how the sins of the mother were the reason that the child was taken, the hole is representative of the void that will remain in Lucielia heart the rest of her life but with time an continuing life journey will become less painful, and Mattie knowledge of life tell her that Lucielia will have a chance at healing. Title: Healers in Gloria Naylor's Fiction

Author(s): Kathleen M. Puhr
Publication Details: Twentieth Century Literature 40.4 (Winter 1994): p518. Source: Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Janet Witalec. Vol. 156. Detroit: Gale, 2002. p518. From Literature Resource Center. Document Type: Critical essay

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In a novel full of unfulfilled and constantly deferred dreams, the only the dream that is fully realized is Lorraine's dream of being recognized as “a lousy human being who's somebody's daughter or somebody's friend or even somebody's enemy.” In dreaming of Lorraine the women acknowledge that she represents every one of them: she is their daughter, their friend, their enemy, and her brutal rape is the fulfillment of their own nightmares. Mattie's dream presents an empowering response to this nightmare of disempowerment. When she dreams of the women joining together to tear down the wall that has separated them from the rest of the city, she is dreaming of a way for all of them to achieve Lorraine's dream of acceptance. They will tear down that which has separated them and made them “different” from the other inhabitants of the city. They will tear down the wall which is stained with blood, and which has come to symbolize their dead end existence on Brewster Place. As Jill Matus notes in “Dream, Deferral, and Closure in The Women of Brewster Place,” “Tearing Donna Woodford, in her review of The Women of Brewster Place talks about the unfulfilled and constantly deferred dreams of these women. Lorraine’s dream of being in an environment where she could and would be accepted for the person she was and not who others saw her as because of her life choices. Lorraine wanted to be able to trade recipes with the other women, watch their child if they had to run out on an errand, to help the children to do better in school all of the things that neighbors do for one another. When Woodford states, The brutal rape is the fulfillment of their own nightmares”, the women of Brewster Place only have themselves to depend on and the rape represent the powers that keep them deferring their dreams to another time and place, this power is their condition, their men, the system and their inability to leave Brewster Place to fulfill their dreams. “

tle: A discussion of The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories Author(s): Donna Woodford
Source: Novels for Students. Gale. From Literature Resource Center. Document Type: Critical essay
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Seven black women living in a tenement fight to gain control of their lives. (Men in general don't come out too well.) Excellent, complex script gives each actress in a fine ensemble headed by Winfrey (in her TV dramatic debut) time in the limelight. Pilot for the series "Brewster...
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