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Mama Day

Hands are a very significant body part throughout this novel, and seem to symbolise both power and self-awareness. Note how Mama Day is described early on in the novel: She could walk through a...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 9:11 am UTC

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One of the major themes of Mama Day is the importance of mythology and belief in the context of large-scale identity. Mama Day knows that without the mythological presence of Sapphira Wade, Willow...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 11:23 pm UTC

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There are many reasons why Cocoa might be scornful or "cynical" about people. One reason might be her location. When Cocoa is in New York, she’s quite cutting. Her observations reduce humans to...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2020 1:28 pm UTC

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"Candle Walk" is a kind of alternate Christmas holiday observed by the residents of Willow Springs. Every year, on December 22, people take to the streets carrying a light and giving gifts....

Latest answer posted June 24, 2017 12:48 pm UTC

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Without a doubt, Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day is infused with folklore and superstition, including the beyond-the-grave relationship of Cocoa and George, Mama Day’s authoritative healing powers, and...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 11:19 pm UTC

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Mama Day, a 1988 novel written by Gloria Naylor, follows the relationship between Cocoa Day and her eventual husband, George Andrews. The novel explores a number of themes, including practicality...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 9:46 pm UTC

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In Mama Day, I don't think literal circles are so important to the story. The few times circles are mentioned, they don't seem too critical. However, if you want to talk about how circles in a...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 3:14 pm UTC

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In the preface, the bill of sale explains how Sapphira Wade came to be Bascombe Wade's slave. The bill of sale also gives credence to Sapphira's legendary status as a "conjure woman." It states...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017 8:07 pm UTC

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George ends up beating Dr. Buzzard at poker by using the latter's cheating against him. First, George tries to ascertain how Dr. Buzzard is cheating by looking out for characteristic "tells." In...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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One of the big contrasts between Cocoa and George is their different views of myths and the spiritual life. George says,"I may have knocked my head against the walls, figuring out how to buy food,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2007 12:28 am UTC

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There is one event that is definitely foreshadowed in Gloria Naylor's mysterious and mystical novel Mama Day. But before we can discuss it, let's make sure we know what “foreshadowing” means. When...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020 4:31 pm UTC

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Since you don't have a specific question about the novel, I hesitate to give you a total summary. Instead, I'll refer to the link below and suggest you read the information enotes has provided. If...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2007 6:07 am UTC

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There are a lot of themes in Mama Day, even if they aren't the most prevalent ones. An important one that runs throughout the novel is self-image. Cocoa's perception of herself is very important;...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 4:28 am UTC

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Ruby is a deeply unpleasant, malevolent woman who brings great harm to just about everyone who comes across her. What makes her especially dangerous is that she has magic powers, which she uses to...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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Mama Day is the eponymous character from a novel by the author Gloria Naylor, published in 1988. In the story, Mama (real name, Miranda) Day is a descendant of slaves, and she lives on a private...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 9:39 pm UTC

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