Jazz Themes & Symbolism

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Mothers

Joe, Violet, and Dorcas are all motherless, and the loss affects them profoundly. Violet's mother, Rose Dear, committed suicide when Violet was just sixteen, by throwing herself down a dark, narrow well. Violet discovered the body the next morning.

Rose Dear's own mother, True Belle, abandoned her at the age of eight when True Belle moved to Baltimore to care for Vera Louise's baby. True Belle was still a slave at the time, so the move may have been involuntary. However, the betrayal was complete. True Belle remained for twenty-two years after she was freed, and devoted all of her attention and affection to Golden Gray. Even when caring for her own grandchildren, True Belle cannot stop bragging about the wonderful golden boy.

Both of Dorcas's parents were killed in the race riots in East St. Louis. Her father was pulled off a streetcar and stomped to...

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