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    Nella Larsen is the daughter of Mary Hansen ad Peter Walker. Her mother was a Danish immigrant and her father was a black West Indian. Through her writing Nella Larsen expresses her struggles with racial identity and class alienation. In 1929, Nella Larsen wrote a novel expressing the struggles of racial identity, this sort was called The Passing. A story of two light skinned women who were childhood friends. The protagonist of the novel are Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield. Just like Nella Larsen, the characters are of mixed heritage and are light enough pass as white. Hence the title, The Passing. Though one character fully commits to passing as white, the other only does it on occasion for specific circumstances. Nella Larsen was more than a writer. She was a voice, she was one of the voices of the Harlem Renaissance, and a voice of those who had troubles with identity. She expresses her voice and identity through her writing and through her…

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    The book I have chosen for this essay is the Passing by Nella Larsen. Passing is Larsen’s second as well as her last book given that she stopped pursuing her writing career due to others accusing her of plagiarism. Though she was acquitted of such allegations, Larsen stopped writing due to a high level of embarrassment. Passing deals with the topic of race; particularly race being used in one’s decision on whether or not to acknowledge one part of their race. Then, one would make the conscious…

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    Throughout the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larson wrote intermittent narratives that emulated portions of her life, such as Passing; these narratives emulate her desire for access to wealth, middle-class comfort, and white privileges. Larsen herself, scuffles with identity after her Negro father from the Virgin Islands dies at her age of two, and her Danish mother marries a man of her race and nationality. At the age of five, Larsen attends a small private school whose pupils were mostly German…

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    Passing By Nella Larsen

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    In the novella, Passing, Nella Larsen portrays the multifaceted struggles an African-American woman must delicately balance in order to survive in society in the 1920’s through the character of Irene Redfield. When Irene and her childhood acquaintance Clare Kendry happen upon each other at a restaurant in Chicago, they are both “passing” for white women. It quickly becomes clear that Clare has been living as a white woman, while Irene utilizes her ability to pass exclusively when she needs to -…

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    determined by sight, and can be quite fickle. People look for numerous traits that a person has to determine their race; traits that can easily be hidden, or have no truth to them at all, like ones finger nails, palms, ears, teeth or obviously skin colour (Larsen 8). Characters like Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield prove these assumptions of race false when they pass for being white, despite their African heritage, and that there must be instead other ways to dictating ones race. As shown in…

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    I am writing this letter concerning an uprising issue with your digital library service. Recently, I read a novel, “Quicksand” by Nella Larsen, on your site and it made me realize that some parts of the novel are difficult to understand by an average reader. For example, an important theme, racism is used in many parts of the novel, and some of these parts require further explanation. So, therefore, I propose that you enhance your digital book by adding annotations to the text. These annotations…

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    In Passing, Nella Larsen explores the options the African American women had and the choices they made in 1920s. The novel’s plot delves into the relationship between Irene Redfield, the protagonist, and Clare Kendry, who is, arguably, the novel’s antagonist. Even though race is a major theme in the novel, but a closer reading would conclude that pursing security in marriage and society is what drives every main character in the book. Irene Redfield, a complex biracial character, is…

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    from the author’s life and the author’s view of the time period. Nella Larsen, an influential author of the late 1920s, is known as the novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. In her novel Passing, which was published in 1929, Larsen portrays her opinions about racial identity, families, and friendship, and also gives readers insight to her view of…

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    Nella Larsen was a writer during the Harlem Renaissance movement. She wanted to uncover the truth about the mistreatment of bi-racial women during that particular time. Quicksand is a story about a bi-racial girl seeking to matter during the Harlem Renaissance. Helga Crane is a half black half white educated woman. The story opens with Helga’s disappointment with her own life. She’s a teacher in school but she is not happy with the traditions of the school. She makes the decision to leave and…

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    Quicksand is a novel written by Nella Larsen who was a novelist during the Harlem Renaissance. She relates her issues of growing up with problems of race and sexual identity into this short story. The story is a satire of the movie Rosenwald. Rosenwald is about a white man who is placed inside many black schools located in the American South. Quicksand begins with a mixed race woman teaching in a black school in the south. These two stories both show what happens when race, wealth, and power all…

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