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Linden Hills Three Perspectives on the Main Theme You aint gotta die to go to the real hell No Uh uh you just gotta sell that silver mirror God propped up in your soul Sell it to who the devil Naw just to the highest bidder child The highest bidder Naylor 1 In Linden Hills Gloria Naylor presents the inner conflicts of many distraught and unique characters Three characters that lead particularly interesting lives are Rev Michael Hollis Willie Mason and Winston Alcott Reverend Michael Hollis is an affluent preacher who lives and works in Linden Hills Willie Mason is a young street poet from Putney Wayne a poor neighborhood bordering Linden Hills At last there is Winston Alcott a middle-aged lawyer who desperately tries to live the heterosexual lifestyle and in doing so he hurts the one person he truly loves These three characters define the thememoral of this dystopian novel which shows that success comes with consequences Linden Hills exhibits a very gloomy side of success for blacks in America presenting a powerful moral that not only can success be superficial but you can lose things most precious in the process even yourself Reverend Hollis identity conflict seems to be the struggle between his personal expectations for him as a preacher and the expectations of the Mount Sinai Baptist congregation members of the richest church in Linden Hills Although his grandmothers church was raggedy and poor the people in the congregation were filled with the power of God a feeling that the citizens of Linden Hills have never experienced While preparing for Mrs Parkers funeral Reverend Hollis recalls the reason that he chose to dedicate his life to the church What had drawn him was the power that was possible between people together they created God-- so real and electrifying you could believe that once it was a voice that shook mountains That was what he had set out to follow
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