Character Analysis Of Ruth In James Mcbride's The Color Of Water

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In James Mcbride’s memoir The Color of Water he describes his entire life, especially the social issues between blacks and whites (he being a black man), in addition, he talks about many important figures that shaped up who he has become. One of those instrumental figures in his life is his white mother Ruth, who is quite the strict parent. James has a very good relationship with his mother despite Ruth’s slightly tyrannical approach to parenting. Throughout the memoir the reader also learns about Ruth’s childhood, and how her Tateh treated her and her siblings with the same kind of method, strictness. Even though people think that if the styles both Ruth and her father relayed unto their children, which were identical methods of parenting, would’ve carried the same results and responses from their children, those people are surely wrong. For one…show more content…
There must be some element or another that caused their different children’s responses. The question is: What did Ruth do differently than her father to be more loved and more respected by her children than her father was by his. The difference between Ruth and her Father is that Ruth had an innately greater purpose within her strictness that her Father lacked. Both Ruth and her Father physically abused their kids, but their purposes were different. In Chapter 6 Ruth beats up her son Billy for his inability to recite a passage in the Bible on Easter in front of the church. On the other hand, throughout the book Ruth mentions the sexual and physical abuse, her father applies to his children, abuses that come randomly. Yes, both Ruth and her father hit their kids, but the difference between the contacts is that Ruth hit because she expected more from her son, she wanted her son to be great, after all it is described that “his memory would serve him well enough to go to Yale

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