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At first glance it seems that Nella Larsen wrote Quicksand just to irritate and annoy her readers with a wishy-washy black heroine who has no direction in her life yet is constantly unsatisfied with her available roles I was personally offended when this fictional woman Helga Crane was given opportunity after opportunity first a decent job at a well-respected school then an employer who helps her get on her feet in New York then money sent to her from her uncle then an open invitation to live with her aunt in Copenhagen then a marriage proposal to a wealthy man only to have her reject the offer and go where the wind blows her constantly sad and complaining I found the ending fitting that this woman who never lifted a finger to effect any change who never showed any passion or zest for life would find herself married to a decent yet inappropriate man who did not realize what a fragile thing he had married Then I read the novel again Upon second glance I saw Larsen making a social commentary about a black womans role during the Harlem Renaissance The characters in the novel represent the different ideologies of black philosophers during the Harlem Renaissance and through this novel Larsen shows how each falls flat when confronted with a true complex black woman Not only is Helga a sympathetic character but the very nature of her intelligence and beauty prevents her from living the life a good black woman should want namely the teaching position at Naxos or marriage to a prosperous man She realizes there is something more out there for her but having been raised as an outcast among her own people because of her lack of family she is given little opportunity to find a suitable outlet for her talents Not only is she unprepared to create a meaningful role for herself because of this lack of family
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