SEO Scholars at Vassar

As high school students in the SEO Scholars Program spend a week at Vassar College intensely engaging the American civil rights movement, they post short critical reading and writing exercises to this site—it is a repository for their ideas, a chance for them to comment on each other’s work, and a way to share and continue that work with teachers and peers at home. Enjoy.

Monday, July 31, 2006

homework #1 "the sky is gray"

In the story, The Sky is Gray by Ernest J. Gaines, there are many references to color. I noticed a trend in the appearance of certain colors. With the color red, it seems as if it occurs when it has affected James or it was something he has directly experienced, such as when his mother forced him to kill the red birds (Gaines 89), when he notices the little girl on the bus, she happens to have on a red coat, and when he passes by the "...big old red school..." (Gaines 93). For James, I think the color red shows emotion he has for things. From the examples, you can see how these three incidents impact him.Other colors apper often too such as black and gray. I think with the color gray, it is used to show things James cannot explain such as "the river is gray" and "the sky is gray" (Gaines 91). The color black is used as something that is common because James says "...I'm go'n get her a red one..." (Gaines 99) referring to buying his mother a new red coat.


At 7:10 PM, Blogger Shedia said...

so janelle quick question how does the colors mention in the short story make you feel?

At 5:55 AM, Blogger Laura said...

do you think that dependeing on whose reading the story the colors would be interpreted differntly or should they represent something only and everyone should be able to tell what that something????


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