The Third Life of Grange Copeland Themes

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Manhood is a pervasive theme. In the first scene between father and son after Brownfield's release from prison, Grange articulates a definition of manhood that stresses responsibility for one's actions.

Grange regrets that he had attempted to assert his manliness by using Josie and abandoning his wife. In his third life, Grange redefines manliness in terms of devotion to wife and children and a commitment to fulfilling one's family responsibilities in spite of racial oppression. He articulates the main theme of the novel: the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions. But the racist context of the novel exposes this solution as oversimplified. At key points Walker reminds us that white racists control institutions and prevent African-Ameri cans from enjoying power or privilege and that whites take no responsibility for their unjust behavior. Therefore, no matter how responsible African-Americans themselves are, their access to wealth will be restricted by...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Third Life of Grange Copeland from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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