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  •  I thought the question was (0+ / 0-)

    whether the portrayal of Lee was evidence of bigotry. Wasn't that your assertion? The fact that a former Klansman could write a believable, sympathetic character who isn't "white" would seem to prove my point; you can't draw reliable conclusions about an author's views based on a particular character. Unless, of course, the character is a blatant racist stereotype. That brings us back to whether Lee fits the bill.

    The whole point about "The Education of Little Tree" is that no one suspected that the author harbored racist sentiments based on that text. Hence the shock when the facts about his background emerged.    

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:46:12 AM PST

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    •  And I do assert that there was a level of bigotry (0+ / 0-)

      on Steinbeck's part in that, to him there could be no "automatic/necessary" conflict between Arthur and Lee because Lee to Steinbeck, was not a REAL man (only white men can be real men/Asians are not white men/Asians therefore are not "real" men/therefore bigotry.)

      IOW, I doubt the OPs reading that the relationship was homosexual. Homosocial, yes and ONLY possible because Steinbeck considered Asians to be "other." Not necessarily a BAD thing, note, except in comparison with Steinbeck's standards for "real" (white) men.

      My point about Little Tree was that you can be racist and create a fully realized portrait of the "other," NOT that being a racist automatically means your racism shows through in your writing.

      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        you can assert whatever you like but it would be helpful if you would root your assertions in the text. How, exactly does the text support your assertions? Isn't that where you started from, asserting that Steinbeck's portrayal of Lee indicated bigotry on his part?  

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:36:13 PM PST

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