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    I don't think that Gaines' work is forcing a choice between the three options. It seems to me that Gaines' work is concerned with all three realities. The scope and thematic nature of the text is...

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    I would suggest that the antagonist in the story is the society that has constructed so difficult a reality for James and his mother. Gaines develops this on a couple of fronts, both of them being...

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    I think that Gaines' story features different conflicts. One particular conflict is the economic problems that plague the mother and son. They are battling through the conflict of economic...

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    With the setting of this short story in the 1940s, World War II is in progress and the children and their mother are alone. In the third section, James, the narrator of the story, remarks that his...

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    The young man, probably a student, who wears a suit and reads a book, presages the "defiant, non-violent non-cooperation of the Civil Rights Movement" (enotes) as he declares, "We should question...

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    It is interesting that Ernest Gaines's story, "The Sky is Gray," is much like Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: It was published in the early 1960s, but had as its setting the Jim Crow...

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    This is an interesting perspective on this short story. "The Sky is Gray," by Ernest J. Gaines, is set in the South (Louisiana) during the 1940s. This is a time and place in which both racism and...

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    In order to give you a thesis statement, I really need to know what the topic is. Are you writing about a particular theme of the story, one of the characters, or a conflict? This story is so rich...

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    Granted the length of “The Sky Is Gray,” this intelligently selective tele-play starring Henry Fonda effectively supplements the story. Particularly strong are the scenes of the killing of the...

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    The idea of economic determinism is illustrated everywhere in “The Sky Is Gray.” James and his family are living on the very edges of poverty, and James experiences the difficulties firsthand...

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    The elderly couple in the little store, Helena and Ernest (“Alnest”), embody the values of kindness and compassion. Helena recognizes that Octavia, James’s mother, is a woman of spirit and...

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    The discussion in the waiting room brings out the young man’s militancy and the minister’s endurance. After the minister leaves, the high point of this conflict is reached in paragraphs...

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    After an introductory section about the life of the boy James and his family, the major action of “The Sky Is Gray” is the trip that James and his mother take to Bayonne to get treatment for...

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    The killing and eating of the birds is to be taken as a literal illustration that the impoverished and almost starving family needs the birds for food. James is unwilling to kill the creatures...

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    By using the eight-year old child as the narrator, Gaines establishes a disinterested, innocent voice, who is able to report what he says and hears, but who is unsophisticated and who cannot...

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    The elderly couple in the little store, whom are wonderfully portrayed, Helena and Ernest ("Alnest"), represent kindness and compassion. Helena recognizes that Octavia, James’s mother, is a...

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    The discussion in the waiting room brings out the young man’s militancy and the minister’s endurance. After the minister leaves (paragraph 175), the high point of this conflict is reached in...

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    After an introductory section about the life of the boy James and his family, the major action of "The Sky Is Gray" is the trip that James and his mother take to Bayonne to get treatment for...

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    The killing and eating of the birds is to be taken as a literal illustration that the impoverished and almost starving family needs the birds for food. James is unwilling to kill the creatures...

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    By using the eight-year old child as the narrator, Gaines establishes a disinterested, innocent voice, who is able to report what he says and hears, but who is unsophisticated and who cannot...

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    "The Sky Is Gray" demonstrates a number of ideas. From the viewpoint of the child, the narrator, it dramatizes the problems that African-Americans face as a minority group: poverty, hunger,...

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    Like many of Ernest J. Gaines' works, this one takes place in a fictional town in Louisiana and concerns the struggles of southern Blacks before and up to the Civil Rights movement (as in The...

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    *Everything* about the colors in “The Sky is Gray” by Ernest Gaines is significant. Not just for the obvious reason, of course, to guide and allow the reader to imagine how things look and...

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    In this story the main character undergoes a transformation from immature and selfish boy to an adult who understands the need for morality. More information on this theme is found under the...

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    James is a young boy on the verge of adolescence when the story occurs. His mother loves her son but she is more concerned wit teaching him tough moral lessons to make him "strong". At the...

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    The nurse treats James and Octavia with cold detachment. She seems to have no sympathy for James' pain. Her goal is to simply keep the dentist's office running efficiently. So, when it's time for...

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    Octavia is a very proud, strong woman who believes that raising children correctly means "toughening the up" for the hard world ahead. This is seen when she tries to make James kill two birds. She...

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    Octavia is too proud to take any food or any charity from the old woman. She feels she hasn't earned it. So, in order to make Octavia feel that she or her son has done something to earn their meal,...

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    "The Sky is Grey" is actually set in the late 1930's before the United States entered the war and about 20-30 years before the civil rights movement began in earnest. This contributes to the irony...

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    I believe the young man you are referring to is the student that joins in the conversation between James and the preacher. The young man is clearly angry and alienated from society. He sees...

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    Ernest J. Gaines's "The Sky Is Grey" uses the voice of eight-year-old James to begin the story. Gaines does this to draw the reader into James's world. We immediately feel sorrow for...

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    Many critics remark on the conflict of race in this story, and gear all conclusions surrounding the issues of prejudice and inequality. However, as your question is more broad than this, I will...

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