Analysis Of Percival Everett 's Erasure Essay

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Race and class are often combined; which can result in the questioning of someone’s authenticity when they do not act like the stereotype of a particular class. In Percival Everett’s Erasure, the story depicts an African American novelist who is unrecognized for his literary work due to his lack of ability to carry himself in the mannerisms associated with being an African American man. This confined point of view of how a group should convey themselves, places the African American into a crowd where he or she is suppressed and cannot move forward in society. The view of being less authentic to one’s own race also raises questions within oneself of whether they are true to themselves. Often causing them to put on a show for others. Ultimately, ending in making someone not authentic to his or her race and class.

Erasure attempts to call attention to the injustice in which race and class are placed to restrain African Americans. Rachel Farebrother of Swansea University explains how “Erasure refuses to conform to the demand of a racially bifurcated publishing industry that trades in constructing notions of authenticity” (Farebrother118). The book demonstrates how although a person could be of a particular race, it is not necessary to place them in a particular class. The association of race and class can create mindset that someone is less authentic to their race when they are not behaving in the perceived way. Instead, they are just behaving in the manner of the personality…

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