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Rachel Dittman

Class of 2011
Major/Minor
English/Business Management
Campus Involvement
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Business Management
  • President: Nu Delta Alpha (dance honor society)
  • Vice President: Dance Club
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honor society)
  • Sigma Beta Delta (Business Management honor society)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society)

Q & A

Hometown? Ellicott City, Maryland

High School? Centennial High School

Thesis

Growing in a Garden of Roses and Thorns: The Influence of Race, Gender, and Desire on Character Personality Development in 20th Century African-American Literature

Thesis Abstract

Race, gender, and desire have been themes present within African-American literature since the beginning of slave narratives. Within 20th century literature, African-American authors use such thematic elements to comment upon the position of African-Americans within modern day society, each relaying a different, and highly specific, message. This thesis explores the texts of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara to delve deeper into understanding the influence of race, gender, desire, and family relationships on the personality development of female characters. The messages of Morrison, Walker, and Bambara, while each unique, culminate to achieve a larger, significant message to the audience.