My first reading journal ever!!! holy crap, hope I still get credit for it. Have to say, the ending of Passing did not surprise me one bit. We all knew Irene was going to finish off Clare one way or another. Clare was just being too disrespectful to both the white and black community and Irene was not having any of it. There were plenty of “foreshadowing to this event in the story too, like how Irene drops a cup and shatters it and says how she always wanted to get rid of it. Irene “pushed” Clare out the window to restore her social order, she’s only human after all. Isn’t that what humans do best? Getting rid of things that disrupts the norm of everyday life?
Professor Lisa Brundage