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Quicksand's heroine Helga Crane is of mixed race: her mother was white and her father was black. As a result, she belongs to two socio-racial milieus while at the same time never truly belonging to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 5:43 pm UTC

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Quicksand is loose sand in which water cannot escape. When this occurs, the sand is no longer able to support any weight. Any object which ends up on this surface is then drawn into the sand and...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 1:58 pm UTC

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In Quicksand, our main character Helga Crane seems to have quite a conflicting reaction to the jazz music and dancing she witnesses in Harlem. When she first enters the space in chapter 11, our...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 4:17 pm UTC

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After Helga moves to Chicago, she obtains work assisting the wealthy Mrs. Hayes-Rore, a prominent authority on “the race problem.” Helga appreciates the older woman’s good intentions but is...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 7:12 pm UTC

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One of the most compelling themes in Quicksand is the way in which gender (coupled with race) limits Helga's freedom. The men with which Helga becomes involved--James Vayle, Axel Olsen, and the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 1:54 am UTC

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Just as she is torn about her racial identity, Helga Crane is also conflicted regarding sexuality. Helga is a beautiful woman, and her beauty combined with her aloof manner and cool intelligence...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 6:55 pm UTC

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Some may argue that Nella Larson's Quicksand fails to adhere to the Modernist genre. This said, two distinct things about Larson's novel make it Modernist. First, the time it was written in...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013 12:10 am UTC

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In the context of Helga's narrative, maternity and motherhood come to symbolize traditional expectations of women. The realm of domesticity, contentment, and a sense of permanence is evident in...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2013 1:11 pm UTC

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There's lots of ways in which Helga Crane respects and admires Audrey Denney in Quicksand. Let's go over some of them for you. When Anne, Helga's roommate, points out Audrey, Helga says, "She's...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2020 3:57 pm UTC

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Helga Crane is torn about her sexual feelings. She is a well-educated and skeptical young woman, but society makes her feel some shame about her erotic desires. She tends to repress them so as to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 6:11 pm UTC

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"The Star Spangled Banner" serves as a point of irony, highlighting Helga's inner desire to make drastic changes in her situation. The song itself is symbolic of the promises of America, yet Helga...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 5:26 pm UTC

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Helga Crane's mixed heritage is a major factor in her perception of her identity. Throughout Quicksand, Helga most wants to find a place where she can belong. She is rejected by her White mother's...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 6:21 pm UTC

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Throughout the novel, Helga wants to find a place to belong more than anything else, but her racial identity prevents others from accepting her fully into their circle. Both blacks and whites view...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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One modernist theme in this work involves alienation -- the sense of being homeless and rootless. Alienation was a common theme in the works of modernist writers, and in fact many American...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 8:35 am UTC

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There are multiple identity issues at play in this novel. Helga Crane is searching for her social identity, her family identity, her racial identity and her sexual identity. Helga is a mulatta, as...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2010 5:16 am UTC

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There are two ways that I recommend going with a thesis for this book. I would either have a thesis that focuses on a character analysis of Helga, or I would have a thesis that does an examination...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 11:28 pm UTC

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Nella Larsen portrays Helga Crane as a woman who goes everywhere but belongs nowhere. She understands herself as a unique person and possesses uncommon determination. Unfortunately, she is buffered...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 8:20 pm UTC

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One cultural and literary marker that has disappeared since Quicksand is that of the tragic mulatto. Torn between two worlds, black and white, the tragic mulatto was a common literary figure in...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 9:47 pm UTC

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There is much in way of overlap in Larsen's work between the Harlem Renaissance and the American brand of Modernism. The basic premise of the work is that Helga is in search of her racial...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 12:42 pm UTC

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Over the course of Quicksand, it seems that Helga's womanhood and biracial identity cause her a great deal of trouble no matter where she goes. In America, racism is strong, limiting Helga's levels...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 4:09 am UTC

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This is a very important question to consider in relation to this text. It is clear, initially at least, that Helga does have some kind of intrinsic "certainty in her own identity" that makes her...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2013 6:19 am UTC

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