Winter: Girl and Maureen

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Claudia and Frieda’s father, Mr. MacTeer, eyes “become a cliff of snow threatening to avalanche,” and “his eyebrows bend like black limbs of leafless trees”(Morrison 61) indicating he is tired. His skins takes on the pale, cheerless yellow of winter sun; for a jaw he has the edges of a snowbound field dotted with stubble; his high forehead is the frozen sweep of Erie, hiding currents gelid thoughts that eddy in darkness. Wolf killer turned hawk fighter he worked night and day to keep one from the door and the other from under the windowsills.” (61) You can infer that Mr. Macteer is a no-nonsense, hard-working man who shows his love for his family more through his deeds than through his words. Mr. Macteer works night and day to keep his family safe and financially fit. Maureen Peal is the new girl in school. “A high-yellow dream child with long brown hair braided into two lynch ropes that hung down her back. She was rich. There was a hint of spring in her sloe green eyes, something summery in her complexion…”(62) Maureen enchanted the entire school because she represents that idea of beauty in their society. “When teachers called on her, they smiled encouragingly. Black boys didn’t trip her in the halls; white boys didn’t stone her… She never had to search for anybody to eat with in the cafeteria-they flocked to the table of her choice….” This shows how much black children were taught to adore white people. And Maureen isn’t even white her skin is just “high-yellow”. Claudia and Frieda envy Maureen, but then they also adore her because of her beauty. They thought she was so perfect that they “looked hard for flaws to restore their equilibrium”. (6 3) When they found out Maureen was born with six fingers on e ach hand, and had a dog tooth they smiled. “We took what we could get-snickering behind her back and calling her Six-finger-dog-tooth-meringue-pie. But we had to do it alone, for none of the others girls would cooperate with our hostility”. (63)...
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