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Change is one of the most terrified words to human begins because everyone is afraid of some type of change We are so comfortable with how things work and what we know Were afraid that if we step out of our boundaries and do something different the outcome might not be what we want or expected and this is what keeps people from taking that first step into changing However some people are not afraid of change They accept whatever comes to them and are open minded to the world In The House Behind the Cedars George Tryon is one of the characters who is able to make this change Being a young white man from South Carolina raised in an upper class white lifestyle he is very self-absorbed racist who has tremendous pride in his pure white race Charles Chesnutt describes his character as very stubborn and ignorant to the things going on around him He wins the love of Rowena Warwick falling truly in love with her and asking her hand in marriage but soon finding out her secret He realizes the evil ways he acted towards her and knowing that if he truly loved her he would have to change his attitude Through the novel he goes through this inner war with himself between his love for Rena and his status in society but he ultimately learns to be an open minded individual accepting Rena for herself and choosing love over customDuring the novel the reader can sense that Tyron has this certain pride towards his race but it isnt until close to the end of the novel when this racist personality presents itself Before finding out of Rena and Johns secret he never speaks badly of people of color giving Rena this sense of ease and comfort with him Rena tests Tryons love when asking him would you love meif
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