Brutal Imagination Themes

Themes and Meanings (Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

The overarching theme of Eady’s collection is the brutality of a white imagination that dominates American culture and limits the options of African Americans. This imagination sees African Americans as criminals and caricatures, rather than as people. It prevents real African Americans from being seen clearly, and it falsifies their identities in ways that detrimentally shape their lives and experiences.