The Wall in the Women of Brewster Place

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Discuss Nayor’s strategic use of the wall in The Women of Brewster Place. What does the wall represent? How is it used to explore a central theme of the text? The Women of Brewster Place depicts seven courageous black women struggling to survive life's harsh realities. Gloria Naylor's creates a vivid portrayal of the women, their relationships, and their battles making them all represent the same intense struggle all human beings face in their quest for long, happy lives. The wall separating Brewster Place from the main streets of the city serves a variety of important purposes. After being built, the wall comes to symbolize the indifference with which Brewster Place is treated by the men responsible for its creation. Because of the wall, Brewster Place is economically and culturally isolated from the rest of the city. The wall has forced Brewster Place to fend for itself. For the residents of Brewster Place, the wall symbolizes the fact that for most of them, Brewster Place will be the end of the road. Their lives will go no further, regardless of how much they may hope or dream. The wall, for them, represents the wall that has been built around their lives, either by failed opportunities or by a series of unexpected and unwanted events. The true awfulness of the wall becomes unmistakable at the end of the novel. It is at this wall that Lorraine drags her nearly lifeless body after she is gang raped, and it is from this wall that she grabs the brick she uses to kill Ben. All of the residents of Brewster Place are constantly searching for a home, both as a literal place to live/reside and as a state of mind. For Mattie, her search for a home other than the one in which she was raised starts at a rundown apartment in the city to a wonderful home in which she raises her child Basil, and finally, to Brewster Place. The journey from one home to another is

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