Irene Redfield Suspcisions Of A Romantic Relationship Essay

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Corey Burgess- Harlem Renaissance 11.08.09 More than Friends? Brian and Claire Kendry In addition to the ill sentiments of Brian towards his current position in life, jealousy and a sense of inadequacy creep in when Irene views herself in comparison to Clare. “She remembered her own little choked exclamation of admiration” (p.203), referencing Irene’s marveling towards Clare. Clare is to attend with Irene and Brian at the Negro Welfare League dance; her dress is exquisite and she is described as “golden and fragrant”. In comparison, Irene feels “dowdy and commonplace”. The seeds of jealousy and suspicion are starting to grow, as Irene pays particular attention to Brian’s face while he looks at Clare explaining to Irene that she introduced herself to Brian on her own accord, her words being accompanied with a “little deferential smile for Brian and receiving in return one of his amused, slightly mocking smiles” (p.203) This body language can be taken lightly but it is misconstrued by Irene because she is already upset with Clare for being unconcerned with the consequences of her actions. There is also the creeping feeling of Brian’s discontent slowly coming back to the surface; they still seem to exist on a fertile level as they are never much vocalized by Brian but only suggested at by Irene. The jealousy ensues as Brian comes to see Clare as more than a pester, a realization which could simply be acceptance that Clare is here to stay and what would be the point of continually being annoyed by her ubiquity. Irene’s emotions and irritations with Clare and misinterpretations of Brian’s feelings are adding fuel to the fire, causing the belief that there is something romantic occurring between Clare and

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