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Key moments in James--the main character--life are not only about himself Most of the time they are about his mom In one chapter chapter four he feels his fear of black power towards his mother in another chapter fourteen he finds out how important it is to be educated and in yet another chapter 18 he feels the dissimilarity of his old home in New York to his new home in Delaware His fear of black power illustrates the moment when what is supposed to empower him in fact scares him His learning of the importance for education shows how dedicated his mom is to making him into something and teaching him the right ways as well as James discovery of the importance of truly trying to do well and not to do drugs and steal His feeling of the dissimilarity shows that not everywhere and everyone is the same and that when James goes to different places he will experience different situations Throughout the book James displays his worry for his mom He is afraid that people will misunderstand the situation with his black siblings and white mother and he fears that black revolutionaries will try to hurt her only because she is white When Richie one of James brothers is teasing him by saying that James is adopted James acknowledges a tugging thought inside his head Mommy refused to acknowledge her whiteness Why she did so was not clear but even my teachers seemed to know she was white and I wasnt On open school nights the question most often asked by my schoolteachers was Is James adopted Page 23 This scene shows James concern on the issue of him being Mommys son This issue nags at him so much that at first he believes Richies story of adoption which was the only logical story at the time in James eyes showing that even he questioned the fact that he was her
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