The Sky Is Gray Essay

Ernest J. Gaines
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In the following essay, Roberts looks at the communal bonds found in Southern black communites, especially those as described by Gaines in "The Sky is Gray." Along with this, he describes the dangers inherent in a community where tradition and change interact.

The interaction between the community and the individual, along with its role in the shaping of human personality, is a primary concern of Ernest J. Gaines in much of his fiction. It is in probing the underlying community attitudes, values, and beliefs to discover the way in which they determine what an individual will or has become that Gaines gives poignancy to the pieces in his short-story collection Bloodline. Because his fiction focuses on the peculiar plight of black Americans in the South, Gaines must consider an additional level of significance—the strong communal bonds characteristic of Southern black folk culture. In these stories, black...

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