If Beale Street Could Talk Questions and Answers
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What references to freedom are made in If Beale Street Could Talk?

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If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of two young African American lovers, Fony and Tish. Tish has recently become pregnant. Meanwhile, a racist and corrupt police officer has arrested Fony under false charges of rape, and has manipulated evidence so as to help secure a guilty verdict against him.

Fony and Tish narrate the story in alternate chapters. While incarcerated, Fony often makes social commentary on the nature of freedom and captivity. While working towards Fony's exoneration, Tish considers the social aspects of...

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