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The term Black and White is a very revealing one On one level it describes the way one can look at a concept in terms of there only being a right or wrong answer On another it is the way that society has continued to regard the differences between the African American and Caucasian races One is black the other white and there is no gray area Through the comparison of JF Powers The Trouble and Ralph Ellisons Flying Home one will see that there a chasm between blacks and whites yet by comparing the two stories one can also see the vast differences that exist within the black community Through reading these two stories I noticed a contrast in the tone through the concepts that the different communities look to for strength how each community accepts the members of the opposite race and how the position of power is manipulated to emphasize the communitys reaction to them and how each community accepts the members of its own race with the professions of the black characters in each story having much to do with the theme In both of these stories at different points in the plot the main characters look to external sources for strength to persevere in a situation In the case of the family in The Trouble the Catholic God was prayed to when the mother was wounded The family believed that through worship their God would protect and save those who were faithful and they lit candles to symbolize Gods providence Old gramma went to her room and took down the picture of the Sacred Heart all bleeding and put it on the little table by mammas bed and set the candles in sticks on each side Powers 435 As a contrast the character in Ellisons Flying Home Todd finds a more tangible subject to seek refuge in airplanes To Todd airplanes are a symbol of hope They allowed one
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