Throughout the story, Helga is trying to find something that would make her happy and satisfied despite the hatred she faces from her white stepfather.
Additional Information Abstract By illuminating the jazz and blues aesthetic of her prose, this essay contends that Nella Larsen took to heart Langston Hughes's prescription for an African American literature derived from black musical forms.
It argues that Larsen's Passing and Quicksand draw their structures from blues and jazz music and that these novels employ the black oral tradition in order to convey the machinations of their characters' minds as well as to achieve a voice that is both singular and plural, private and public.
While critics have overlooked the musical aesthetic of her fiction, Larsen has been at the forefront of debates surrounding the relationship between black women's writing and music. What opponents in this debate share is a tendency to read Larsen's writing against female blues singers.
Beginning with a reading of Passing's blues aesthetic, the essay demonstrates that there is more common ground between Larsen and her musical contemporaries than has been previously thought.
It goes on to discuss how Quicksand offers responses to the calls of the blues singers while employing jazz as an overall structuring voice. With both texts, Larsen participates in the debate about the criteria for black art that took place during the Harlem Renaissance.
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From the Paper: "The theme of racial identity is central to the exploration of black womanhood in both 'Quicksand' and 'Passing.' The main protagonist of 'Quciksand,' Helga Crane is portrayed by Larsen to suffer from a dual consciousness arising from her mixed parentage.
Nella Larsens Quicksand Write about a major theme in Nella Larsens Quicksand Please use critical scholarly sources, such as books and peer reviewed journals, to examine the theme. Discuss the theme with new and original ideas.
Nella Larsen Location Of Quicksand. 5th April | Elvir | uncategorized. That the narratives are legitimate make this essay also more fascinating, successful, and relatable. It’s yet another narrative, which I shall narrate on another time.
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Posts about Quicksand written by UEAAMS1. Nella Larsen was a modern woman who “feels that people of the artistic type have a definite chance to help solve the race problem”; she wrote from the epicentre of the Harlem Renaissance, winning an award from the Harmon Foundation in for “the best piece of fiction to come out of Negro America since Chesnutt” and she was the first.