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When one first considers the many thematic elements in a novel it is likely that location would be taken fairly lightly Where a character lives is not exactly eye- catching but rather the place of residence may often seem just a piece of the books setting and nothing more However a closer examination or a deeper excavation of a novel can reveal something to the contrary Such is the case with these two particular novels entitled Passing by Patricia Jones and Nella Larsen The theme of location is substantially present in each Passing novel regarding how it relates to the differing views of the more prominent characters to the character differentiation and to the authors ultimate maxim There are several ways in which the differing locations within the two books convey a more profound meaning In Larsens novel Irene Redfield lives in New York New York while Clair Kendry lives in Chicago Illinois Larsen 9 Hence their living in two different cities gives them access to varying points of view Thus Irenes pride in her heritage is omnipresent in her everyday societal dealings Eulelie in Jones novel lives on Hilton Street and does not want anyone from East Baltimore or anywhere else to see her Jones 4 Eulelies discomfort is derived from the realization of her past She has no desire to conform to the social standards of the common black society Similar to Romeo and Juliet the familys Giles and Hightower both viewed each other as lieges to society Jones 166 Because their love was so profound both Giles and Hightower were able to overcome the insurmountable social barriers which society had placed upon them Though Hightower in the end no longer wished to marry Giles the couples deep love proved to be immune to the poisons of racist society The many diverse places of residence clearly reflect the differing perspectives of the main characters in the two novels In the
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