Charles W. Chesnutt | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Charles W. Chesnutt.
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SOURCE: Hathaway, Heather. “‘Maybe Freedom Lies in Hating’: Miscegenation and the Oedipal Conflict.” In Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy, edited by Patricia Yaeger and Beth Kowaleski-Wallace, pp. 153-67. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989.

In the following essay, Hathaway compares Chesnutt's pre-Freudian story “The Sheriff's Children” and Langston Hughes's post-Freudian “Father and Son,” and examines how the plots reform the image of the father.

“I dearly loved my master, son,” she said.

“You should have hated him,” I said.

“He gave me several sons,” she said, “and because I loved my sons I learned to love their father though I hated him too.”

“I too have become acquainted with ambivalence,” I said. … “Maybe freedom lies in hating.”

—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Plagued by a history of prejudice, interracial relations in the United States are turbulent and disturbing. Blacks have hated whites; whites have hated blacks—but...

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