Portraits Of Social Outsiders
Both The Virgin and the Gipsy and ?That Evening Sun? deal with characters who are social ?outsiders? living under social restrictions. The Virgin and the Gipsy is a picture of the social climate in England. Characters like Cynthia, the Eastwoods and the gipsies are affected by social snobbery. ?That Evening Sun? is the portrayal of Nancy, a black woman, who struggles against racism. The outsiders from these selections are physically, emotionally, and socially isolated.
Physical isolation impacts many of the characters in the two stories. Nancy from ?That Evening Sun? is isolated to her cabin away from the White people because the family that she works for does not accept her. She is forced to go home to her cabin all alone. The ditch that is outside of Nancy?s cabin is symbolic to her isolation. It is very difficult for Nancy to cross over the ditch because it shows the indifference of the white population to the misery of the Blacks. When Nancy says, ?If I can just get past this here ditch,?(207) it is physically traumatizing to cross the ditch. She does not want to cross because beyond the ditch is her world of isolation and proves her rejection from
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