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A characters personality is often times determined by their tone of voice If the voice or tone of a character is misinterpreted the meaning is misinterpreted as well In The Color of Water by James McBride he remarkably switches between his voice to his mothers and back Using this technique the reader is able to understand where Ruth McBride mother came from mentally and emotionally In this bittersweet memoir McBride deals with the asperity of growing up in a bourgeois biracial family in which his voice changes due to his circumstances The imagery and diction used creates a detailed tableau of words that help distinguish the attitude in both McBride and his mothers voice In order to match his mothers voice McBride has to retrace her footsteps to try and understand what she went through All though he will never fully comprehend the turmoil his mother suffered her drive and discipline to help her children is excellently portrayed You dont need money Whats money if your mind is empty Educate your mind 32-3 Her one purpose in life was to educate her children not only about school but about religion as well Not having a sturdy education herself she forces her children to succeed because her childrens achievements are her lifes work275 Throughout the book her tone changes ever so slightly while she deals with sexual abuse a handicapped mother and a family which she abandoned Though some find her voice to be comical others view it to be searing and spirited Growing up in Suffolk Virginia where racism was nothing out of the ordinary her father an Orthodox rabbi naturally did not like black people men in particular So it stands to reason that the first thing I fell in love with in life was a black man I didnt do it on purpose I was a rebellious little girl in my own quiet way107 She began her new life not as Ruchel
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