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Essay A Patch of Blue The novel A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata does explore a number of issues The issues of racism and discrimination effectively relate to the topic of friends and foes Friendship is defined as the relationship between friends or so states the Australian Concise Oxford dictionary The reader discovers that the main character Selina has a limited amount of friends as a result of her disability and social standing A foe is defined as an enemy or opponent Selinas disability and social standing result in her being discriminated by not only strangers but also by her immediate family Her disability has left her seeing one colour- black This is her most hated colour She despises everything black She considers this darkness an enemy Black I hate I hate everything black Black I hated Pearl I had enough black in my life If only Pearl had been red or blue We see from the text from the book that Selina hated black in many forms even human Although Pearl had befriended her Selina disliked her colour- and wanted nothing more to do with her During the 1960s African Americans were discriminated on a regular basis- purely because of their colour- black Sometimes they would have been discriminated in public being called names such as nigger which was very degrading Ole Pa influenced Selinas thoughts on black people Ole Pa was the only solid figure in her life Ole Pa was Selinas friend What he said and did influenced Selina greatly Even though Selina hated everything black she was probably not racist Selina was a kind and caring person Since she had been blind from the tender age of five she wouldnt have properly understood how someone could be racist over the colour of ones skin Selina is young and nave and dislikes the colour black not necessarily black people
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