Alienation In The Women Of Brewster Place

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Sometimes you dream of your future, and it 's beautiful, but we question our self what happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? In particular the novel, The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor explains to readers about seven black women who live life in Brewster Place by confronting alienation.Sometimes a place can take on the characteristics and functions of a living character, and such is the case in Brewster Place. Naylor identifies alienation by exploring racism and sexism. It serves as a testament to the life of African American women …show more content…
Being ostracized by her family and fired from a teaching job, and being excluded from the community. Afterward, alienated from the other women, Lorraine remained out alone one night and raped in an alley by a group of boys. For these reason the women of Brewster Place are" Hard- edged, soft centered, brutally demanding and easily pleased these women of Brewster Place." (Naylor 5) This explains that each woman has a singular hope a dream and of individual life. As a matter of fact throughout the novel the women 's dreams are deferred. “You constantly live in a fantasy world—always going to extremes—turning butterflies into eagles, and life isn’t about that. It’s accepting what is and working from that.” (85) Langston Hughes poem "a dream deferred" a perfect depiction …show more content…
She is often described as" Mrs. Johnson" with no legal proof of marriage. On page 57 "Mrs. Johnson lives with a sense the "alien undercurrents" among her neighbors."Mrs. Johnson lives a dream life of illusions of finding a loving husband to love her. In Brewster Place, the community thinks she is a hooker in some ways and a disgrace to women. One example of this is, the Reverend wanted a one night stand with Etta, and since than her reputation got worst even Mattie a now former Christian woman didn’t like what she was doing. "It took his last floundering thrusts into her body to bring her back to reality. (Naylor 72) Later that night Mrs. Johnson and the Reverend had the one night stand and when she got home, she was a mess coming out of his caddy, everyone was judging. Glaring eyes to her soul furthering her reputation on a so called

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