Telegraph Avenue Themes

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Race

Race relations among the inhabitants of Telegraph Avenue is a central theme to the book. Chabon addresses the issues of race obliquely—during intimate conversations, fleeting impressions and thoughts. Much of the major conflicts is not caused by race relations, but the people's reactions and response may be influenced thus.

The six protagonists comprise of a white family and a black family. Education and upbringing vary throughout the six characters. None of the characters initially think race is an issue until they enter into conflicts together, and they wonder if there partners react to the world differently based on their personal outlook.

One of the only characters who deals with race directly is Gwen Shanks when Dr.Lazaar calls her hair nappy. Not only does she accuse him of being racist, but she refuses to apologize to him later about her behavior. She has an epiphany, realizing...

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