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Waiting to Exhale Themes & Symbolism

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Significant Topics

Support of Black Women

One of the important themes in the book is that of support among black women. The relationship between Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria is strong with each woman supporting the other in spite of differences of opinion and lifestyle choices. There is an overriding assumption that black women must remain as a cohesive unit because of the naturally occurring disintegration of their collective self-esteem due to the move of Black men seeking relationships with white women. The main characters are fierce in their loyalty on this issue, especially in their support of Bernadine, who has suffered this indignity firsthand. Not only do the four main characters support each other emotionally, but they also extend themselves to the betterment of other black women in less fortunate situations through their involvement in the Black Women on the Move organization. Savannah adopts the role of support with...

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