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There are many themes present in James McBrides The Color of Water A Black Mans Tribute to His White Mother McBrides novel is interesting story retelling how his white Jewish mother managed to raise twelve children who all grew from the poor New York projects to become doctors lawyers teachers and all around great people Managing to use her hidden past Rachel Shilskey or Ruth McBride Jordan paved the future for herself and her children Themes included are the effect of the past on the future how secrets affect us and a parents influence on their children and I believe these themes teach us a lessonThe first and most predominant theme I noticed in The Color of Water was how the past affects the future I associated McBrides identity with a puzzle and the past with missing pieces as he figure out whom his mother was the pieces of his life started to come together Growing up in a Jewish home Tateh was in charge of every aspect of their life and managed to make it miserable for Ruth her older brother her younger sister and her mother Because of her troubled past Ruth Jordan chose to raise her children to the best of her ability while working multiple jobs she managed to keep McBride and most of his siblings out of major trouble teaching them they were safe in her home unlike the home she grew up in The past effects the future just as missing pieces affect the outcome of your puzzle but how do secrets affect youHow secrets affect a person is another theme I noticed secrets are one of the heaviest things to carry As much as Ruth wants to help her children there is a wall of secrets affecting her opinions this is not necessarily a bad wall but a wall nonetheless While writing the novel James McBride finally managed to break down the wall separating a mother from her
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