Jazz Themes & Symbolism

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Sexism is as rampant as racism in the novel. It is entirely acceptable for white landowners to father mulatto children, but when Vera Louise Gray becomes pregnant by a black man, it is unforgivable. Women who harvest cotton earn ten cents per day, compared to the twenty-five cents per day earned by men.

Malvonne's incessant meddling in her neighbors' lives is a response to the lack of opportunity of her own. She is an intelligent, insightful woman, but the only job open to her is cleaning offices at night. Unable to find an outlet for her talents, she wreaks havoc with the lives of others. She first provides a trysting place for Joe and Dorcas, then tells Violet of their affair. When Violet tries to disfigure the dead girl's face in the coffin, Malvonne is the one who attempts to tell Alice Manfred of the incident.

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