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Discuss the relationship between the “parent” and the “child” with emphasis on the emotional change Julian undergoes.

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Julian changes over the course of the narrative.  On one hand, he initially understands his role as a child.  He tends to his mother and accompanies her even though he detests it.  Yet, as the bus ride develops, he examines his mother's clinging to the past and what he considers to be his own progressive attitudes towards race as a reason why he has become "the adult."  His mother's inability to accept the condition of what is almost makes her a child, in his own mind.  When she is hit and falls to the ground, he assumes the role of the parent, standing over the child who has fallen...

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