Quicksand Crane By Nella Larsen Essay

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Both Nella Larsen and H.G. Well’s books depict the image of a New Woman fighting through the struggles of society . Within Quicksand, Helga Crane attempts to find her identity within the world and faces the difficulties of being a tragic mulatto figure. While in Ann Veronica, Ann Veronica struggles to find her identity as an empowered woman within a society that constantly pushes her down as a woman who is meant to be protected. While both Veronica and Crane work to overcome difficulties based on their sex only Crane is faced with the difficulty of race. Crane suffers through greater difficulties than Veronica, but they both suffer the same fate and lose their status as New Women.
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Crane has trouble finding a home due to her mixed race. Her fellow African Americans show hatred for her Caucasian side and vice versa. Due to this fact Crane is unable to completely be accepted by either society, and due to this she begins to disassociate from both races. Her separation from both races can be seen when Crane describes the hatred that African Americas face within society. She states, “No one was interested in them or helped them…they were only a nuisance to other people” (130). The language that Crane uses to describe this situation divorces her from both races. She describes the African American race by using the words “them” and “they”, and she describes the Caucasian race through the words “no one” and “other people”. Through this language Crane places herself into a third category separate from the binary of black and white. Through her exploration for a home Crane develops into a strong female character that is reminiscent of Veronica. By the end of Quicksand Crane is a mother with multiple children. When she complains about having her fifth child her husband responds, “We must accept what God sends…my mother had nine children and was thankful for every one” (124). Crane, a woman who previously did not want to have children, is now having her...

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