In The Women of Brewster Place, what examples show the successful bonding between African American women? What factors are focused upon in the present of Etta and Mattie?

In The Women of Brewster Place, examples of successful bonding between African American women include Mattie Michael’s relationships with Eva Turner and Ciel Turner. Mattie’s connections back home in Tennessee serve as a foundation for relationships formed on Brewster Place.

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The theme of bonds between women plays a central role in The Women of Brewster Place. Although the women who live on the street and in the neighborhood hail from different parts of the United States, they find important elements of community there. The stories involving Mattie Michael, in particular, provide a thread that weaves together other female characters. Mattie’s significant relationships when she lived in Tennessee include Etta Mae Johnson and Eva Turner. When she moves North, Mattie finds new reasons for connecting with Lucielia (“Ciel”) Turner, who is Eva’s granddaughter.

When they lived in the same Tennessee town, Mattie’s plight as a poor young mother was alleviated by the generosity of Eva Turner. Ciel, then just a child, was living with Eva when her grandmother invited Mattie and her son, Basil, to live in their home. Over the decades, Eva’s continued kindness led to Mattie’s inheriting her home when she passed. Sadly, as other circumstances prevented both Mattie and Ciel from staying there, both women eventually made their way to Brewster Place. Mattie is now able to pay forward the kindness that Eva had shown her, helping the distraught Ciel grieve over her baby’s death and gain strength to distance herself from an abusive partner.

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Mattie Michael was forced to seek refuge first with Etta Mae and later Eva Turner after she encounters a series of unfortunate events. She was kicked out of their home after failing to reveal the identity of the man who was responsible for her pregnancy. Homeless and pregnant, she was taken in by Etta and then Eva who supported her as she sorted out her life and even managed to get a house of her own where she lived and raised her son. Unfortunately, she lost her house after her son skipped bail and she was forced to move to Brewster Place. Her relocation to the area turned into a rescue mission for Lucielia Turner, the granddaughter to Eva. The young lady had been suffering in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Eugene. In addition to that, she was suicidal. Mattie’s support and affection was necessary in helping Lucielia overcome the troubles caused by the relationship, including the loss of her child. Etta also went through troubles of her own and ended up at Mattie’s home in Brewster Place.

According to the story, Etta, who previously maintained multiple relationships with men, had changed her ways and decided to settle down with a pastor. However, the man disappointed her and their relationship failed. On the other hand, Mattie hoped for a better future as seen in her dream about the ‘block party,’ where the community brought down a wall symbolizing their troubles.

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