An analysis of the book the color of water

To supplement his formal education, James sought a "street education" in Louisville, Kentucky, where he stayed during the summers he was in high school. When the opportunity presents itself for her to escape, Ruth takes it. Ruth comes from an Orthodox Jewish tradition that does not allow for anything except obedience to its ancient prescriptions that seem irrelevant to her in twentieth-century America.

The greatest gift is to give life to others; the greatest sin is to take away life. She becomes his partner and begins a church with him, converting to Christianity.

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When Ruth becomes pregnant by her black boyfriend, both know his life is in danger, and she has to go to New York for an abortion. Shubin draws upon his unique background as a paleontologist, embryologist, and geneticist to trace defining phenotypical traits that are inherent to humans to even the simplest of organisms.

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Being the token black students in their Jewish public schools, James and his siblings learned to survive in the world by performing well. Even in New York, they are afraid because of their interracial marriage, which was shocking to people in the s. Only the fact that she is a fearless immigrant Jew and eccentric saves her in the New York housing projects. With Dennis, she must be reborn as a Christian but constantly fearing because of the prejudice against interracial marriage. Ruth tells her son that Rachel Deborah Shilsky "had to die in order for me, the rest of me, to live" 2. Her Jewish family performs the ceremony of the dead kaddish for her when she marries a black man. Chicken Man is an old black wino, a philosopher who shows James what his life will be like if he continues to be angry and confused about his racial identity.

Being the token black students in their Jewish public schools, James and his siblings learned to survive in the world by performing well.

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