Analysis Of The Book ' The 's Daughter ' Essay

1141 Words Jul 27th, 2016 5 Pages
This doubleness, registered in Hopkins’s passing narrative Hagar’s Daughter, is emblematic of a national economy in which the law itself is counterfeit. For the slave economy to exist, the idea of racial purity must exist, and the white economy has to remain in collective denial of racial hybridity (Tuhkanen 488). The social contradictions are overwhelming, as racial identity becomes a figurative inheritance (Rohrbach 486). As the plot unfolds, Hagar and Jewel are able to escape enslavement and the storyline resumes twenty years later, post- Reconstruction America in the nation’s capital. Whereas the nation supposedly pushes a “reset” button after the uniting of the Union, the characters also press “reset” as it relates to identity, and although slavery has been abolished, racism remains (487). Hopkins teaches her readers to distrust appearance and to challenge all systems of judgment that are based on the interpretation of appearances. In Hopkins ' fictional world, what the readers see is not what the readers get, similar to the fictionality the identity of the nation. Post reconstruction, when the debates over the nation’s characters are prevalent, Hopkins uses this cautionary account to reinscribe not only the experiences the novel’s passing characters, but how the White and Black characters are forever linked. Seeing the experiences of these complex and binary characters personify how hegemonic ideologies are constituted and sustained through the drawing of fictional…

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