"Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat"

The beginning of the story, "Black man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat", begins but putting us in the setting. It is August third, one hour before dawn, and there is a heat wave. The story starts at a trailer park next to a...

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“Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat”

*Isabelle Allende, An Act of Vengeance Sherwood Anderson, Hands Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson Russell Banks, Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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''The Right Way'' is one of several stories that unfold without noticeable authorial intrusion. Another is ''Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat'' - which rings some interesting, ironic changes on Hemingway's ''Hills Like White Elephants''; in this case the man is black and it's the woman who wants the abortion. ''Dis Bwoy, Him Gwan,'' in which the hippie gets himself killed as a result of trying to sell to his West Indian connection the marijuana that grows wild around the trailer camp, is an eerie, menacing tale that Banks allows to tell itself.

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One Sided Relationships in Banks' "Black Man andWhite Woman in Dark Green Rowboat" The story"Black Man and White Women in Dark Green Rowboat,"written by Russell Banks, is about a strugglinginterracial relationship. Throughout this storyone will find that the white women tries tocontrol every part of their relationship. Whilethe black man would like to express his thoughtsof what they should do in their situation, thegirl will not even give him a chance. Once theblack man sees just how selfish this girl is, hemakes the decision to leave her and move on withhis life. The story starts out on an extremely hotday in August at a trailer park that is right nextto a lake. The white woman lives in the trailerpark and her boyfriend, the black man, has comeover to spend some time with her.

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With the author's help, each story had a unique way of depicting the nature of humanity. We are shown the delicate subjects of racism and acceptance. Just as simple it was to understand the desire for acceptance in Ellison's and Baldwin's stories, it was just as heartbreaking to see how the young girl in "The Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat" indifferently professed to the young black man that she was going to do the abortion. It was simply not ok for a black man and a white young girl to have a baby. When presented with difficult situations and choices in life, human nature is to elect an easier way out. In this case, it was easier to choose abortion rather than choose to live with the criticism of society. Just the same, the husband in "The Gilded Six Bits" inevitably chooses to love his wife after she commits adultery, simply for the sake of his new born daughter. The human condition simply forces us to look passed situations and forgive our loved ones. Although a slightly different side of human nature, the young boy in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" depicts the essence of greed and excess. Seeing his mother miserable and down, he develops an almost autistic characteristic to him, where he begins to hear voices of the house telling him "there's got to be more money!" This then leads to him ridding his rocking horse until he "knows" the winner of a horse race, just to win more and more money. This face of human nature shows that, if not controlled, desire and greed will never be satisfied and will only lead to more desires, and more greed. However obscure human nature, it exists in everyday life. Capturing it and relating it to the reader is far more complex than it seems.

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"Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat"The story "Black Man and White Women in Dark Green Rowboat," written by Russell Banks, is about a struggling interracial relationship...