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Essay on "The New Girl" by Marc Mitchell
"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls." This quote was said by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his famous speech "I have a dream". Martin Luther King Jr. was a black man, who fought against both apartheid and segregation. His dream came true, as we live in a world where it is accepted by most to have different skin colour, a different culture and religion. The short story "The new girl" by Marc Mitchell, is a good example that children can be more accepting of others, but also how easily parents can affect their children's opinions. The story takes place in a suburb in Alabama around the 1970's, as the story is the narrators flashback from 20 years before the story was written, and the band 'Hall and Oates' was founded in the late 1960's, and it is mentioned that Allison has an interest in that specific band. In this story the narrator is also the protagonist as it is being told in a 1st person point of view. The narrator lived on a street by the name Prospect Street, in a "white lower-middle class neighborhood" (p. 22, l. 15.) In this story, there is the protagonist, Allison and the new girl, whose name we do not know. The protagonist was eight in the beginning of the story and was, together with Allison, one of the only children on the block, so they "were best friends by default." (p. 1, ll. 7-8). The two children spent a lot of time together, as it is written in the text "During summer we spent a lot of time riding our bikes, playing clue, and pretending to be married." (p.21-22, ll.1-2). The protagonist does not mind that the new girl has a different skin colour, as it is not being mentioned. It is only when Allison says "Get out of here, nigger" (p. 22, ll. 25-26) that it is mentioned that the girl is not white. The protagonist wants to fit in with…...

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