thesis statements for Project #2:
An annotation about the Great Migration would be helpful for readers because the Great Migration is symbolic of Helga’s migration through her quest for contentment.
- reflect on Great Migration annotation
- think about it in the context of a few examples
- Naxos to Chicago
- Chicago to NY
- What’s at stake with leaving Harlem for Copenhagen? for the South?
- somewhere along the way: glossary entry references
Color is important for Helga, and a sticking point in contrast to others who want people of color to blend in or to stand out. Knowing background about fashion trends and who was supposed to wear color and who avoid it would help readers consider Helga’s dilemma with her appearance.
[Helga Crane is told that colored women should not wear bright colors but should wear dull or not bright colors. But what should be known is that the color of the clothing would depend on whether you were a working woman or a housewife.]
Because of her time in Copenhagen, Helga truly feels like an outsider.
Copenhagen is such a culture shock that Helga feels like an outsider not just because of her race but also because of ??? and ???.
Understanding the demographics of the 1920s can illuminate how racism affects Helga’s decision about marriage and having children.