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In Recitatif by Toni Morrison the racial identity of Roberta and Twyla is an ambiguous part of the story From the outset it is apparent that Roberta and Twyla are of different races They were both stuck in a strange place with a girl from a whole other race Throughout the story each character is developed more and more though it does not necessarily lead to a conclusion as to what race each girl is Many of the traits could be indicative of either a black or white girl More so it confuses the issue even more by leading the reader to decide one way and change hisher mind a minute later However in the scheme of this story I think that is just the point In the beginning my first initial reactions were that Roberta was the black girl while Twyla was the white girl During the time period in the beginning of the story a negative attitude was taken toward black people It seems as though Twylas mom had warned her about the black people who never wash their hair and they smelled funny Roberta sure did Smell funny However this is not enough evidence to decide one way or the other Twyla also tells the Big Bozo My mother wont like you putting me here A white mother did not want her white daughter to be roomed with a black girl Furthermore Roberta does not seem to understand this Roberta must have thought Twyla means that her mother would be mad about her being put in a shelter Not about rooming with her because as soon as Bozo leaves she comes over to her and says Is your mother sick too In my interpretation of how things were in those times a white person may be offended to be paired with a black person while the black person may not care In this case Twyla shows concern for being put into the
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