What is the message or theme of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky?

The main theme of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the difficulty that many of those from mixed-race backgrounds have with forging their own identity. It is precisely this challenge that Rachel has to face, caught up as she is between the white culture of her Danish mother and the Black culture of her African American father.

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More than anything else, The Girl Who Fell From the Skyis about identity. To be more specific, it's about racial identity and the numerous complications to which it can often give rise. This is an especially pertinent consideration for those like Rachel, the story's protagonist , who comes from...

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More than anything else, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is about identity. To be more specific, it's about racial identity and the numerous complications to which it can often give rise. This is an especially pertinent consideration for those like Rachel, the story's protagonist, who comes from a mixed-race background. Caught uneasily between two completely different racial and cultural worlds—the Black world of her African American GI father and her white Danish mother—Rachel finds it difficult to forge her own distinct identity.

That said, as Rachel eventually discovers, this is by no means an impossible feat. Difficult, yes, but impossible, no. This is mainly thanks to her friends, who enable her to escape from the constraints imposed upon her by a society that still doesn't fully accept mixed-race relationships. As Rachel reflects, her friend Jesse shows her that there's a different way to be white, whereas her other friend Brick makes her see that there's a different way to be Black.

Of course, none of this can in any way erase society's longstanding prejudices. But it can at least help Rachel to find out who she really is, to give her an opportunity to forge a new identity for herself that resolves both aspects of her mixed racial heritage into a satisfying synthesis that makes her more at ease with who she is.

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