Summary Of Martha's Half Breed

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Books that gain popularity amongst the public tend to have a straightforward, easy to follow outline that includes an introduction of the main characters, a plot following one of the characters and a conclusion that resolves the issue and brings together a happy ending. Martha’s Half-Breed doesn’t follow this outline and because it is based on her life it shows a dark reality to this world that the author thought might not be welcomed by the readers, by focusing on her childhood and omitting the other sections he might have thought it would have appealed to a larger audience. Half-Breed starts off with the innocent childhood of Maria as she starts off with a description of how her family came to be which consists of her parents, siblings and her great grandmother Cheechum. She grew up in an area where she was surrounded by her own people and that’s where most the stories she tells happen. This first part of the book, the childhood, sets a tone that is completely changed once you read past it, while Maria does acknowledge her awareness of the racial injustice towards her people by their white neighbors at the time, the setting still has a happy, dark comedic spirit to it that accurately reflects the innocence seen through a child’s eyes. As the book progresses and she matures, she starts …show more content…
After her childhood Maria’s life really takes a dark turn and the author saw that as an unappealing twist, fearing the public might not stomach it. People like to reflect on what they read and going through Maria’s childhood gives a good feeling, it’s very similar to classic tales about poor kids with a humble backgrounds yet still happy and content with their lives and the editor probably wanted to capture a similar effect with the

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