Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart Themes

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Racial Tension

An important theme throughout the novel is the racial tension between blacks and whites. During the 1950s and early '60s in America, the feeling of unrest among black people is gathering momentum, which further adds to the fear and hatred felt by many white people. As a young girl, Iris is warned by her family about associating with blacks and the inherent dangers that will certainly befall her should she venture into that world. Prejudices are very clear throughout the book, and the usual situations that have now become stereotypical are exhibited. For example, Jinx is not accepted into white society, yet his athletic prowess has the potential to garner a scholarship and a better future in a white world. In another example, Iris and a girlfriend watch Jinx and Sugar Baby swim and dive in a lake one summer day, and yet the girls cannot...

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