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Gnome AP Lit 2021
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October 18, 2020 3:52 pm  

@stella I hadn't considered the importance of this connection before. My initial thought is that maybe it is to show that there isn't a difference between Trueblood and Norton, and to show how different their lives are despite their similarities. Norton and Trueblood have thought about their daughters in the same way. They are essentially the same, yet they are seen as different because of the color of their skin. They are treated differently and their lives are considerably different: Norton is wealthy and highly respected, Trueblood is a poor farmer. Yes, Trueblood was treated well by the white men around him, but if Norton had done the same thing Trueblood had done, he would be (understandably) rejected by everyone around him because they expect better from him and don't want to incentivize such behavior, like they did with Trueblood.

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October 22, 2020 7:54 pm  

@abuzz, I completely forgot about this part, but this is true. It doesn't seem like he is blatantly racist and demeaning to black people. I still feel like he's racist, but it must just be internalized. I think it's difficult to analyze his character because I can't tell if what he says is real or fake. For example, if he's trying to portray himself as a savior just for looks, or if he's actually trying to help out the black people. But the idea that you brought up definitely challenged my thinking and made Mr. Norton just a little more complex than I originally thought.

Disciple AP Lit 2021
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October 23, 2020 2:44 pm  

@msar I see what you mean. Judging people by one mistake they made is often misjudgment and isn’t fair in the end. However, that is also conditional to a certain extent. Trueblood impregnating his daughter is something that people have a right to be disgusted by and judge him for. For example, I could one day murder someone and then the next day I regret it. People still will judge me for murdering someone although I am making an effort to change. It’s because of the mistake that was made, not making a mistake in general. 

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