Study Guide

Blessing the Boats Characters

This Study Guide consists of approximately 82 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Blessing the Boats.
This section contains 430 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Blessing the Boats Study Guide

The moonchild

Since this is a collection of poetry, there are no actual characters, no plot, no links from one piece to another. Each stands alone. However, Clifton refers to several characters more than once. She refers to herself as a child by her maiden name, Sayles, written with the lower case. She often explores Biblical characters, such as Lot, Adam and Eve, Christ, and Lucifer or Satan. She personifies inanimate objects or conditions, particularly in her famous menstruation and menopause poems. Taken as a composite, these brief vignettes of characterization establish Clifton as a thoughtful believer, a Christian, a Bible scholar, and an unflinchingly honest woman writer.

Moonchild is a word for an abused girl child, possibly Clifton herself. She looks at the other girls who are imagining sex, while she herself knows all about it, having had it at the hands of her father.

The nameless black slave man

(read more)

This section contains 430 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Blessing the Boats Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Blessing the Boats from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook