All God's Children Fox Butterfield Analysis

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In the novel All God’s Children, by Fox Butterfield it brings to light certain issues that effect the lives of young African American men. Butterfield examines the history of Black men in order to answer the question of violence among the African American community. Butterfield's thesis is that southern culture was infused with violence as a result of the white male code of honor. He describes the importance of respect and pride in the black community to show a sign of power. He takes us back to the fourth generation of the Bosket men and how they create this cycle of violence in order to remain fearful to others. During this time, few whites were punished for "accidentally" killing slaves on plantations. Slaves used violence as an act of honor. Slaves would fight each other to prove they were more tuff. This honor code started to increase violence among slaves because that’s all they had to show a sense of strength and power. This still exists in present day. Slaves often fought one another brutally and harbored deep anger towards their masters. Aaron Bosket was a humble man and Deacon of his church; he did not display any violence. His son Pud was a member of a new…show more content…
He left her no money and she had three boys to raise. James was her youngest son, and everyone said he reminded him of his father Pud. They also mentioned how Pud had the devil in him. People heard he was a Bosket; they backed away from him in fear. He liked the feeling of power and wanted to be just like his father. James fell in love with a woman named Marie, on March 6th, 1941; they had a son, Willie James Bosket, called Butch, who is Willie Bosket's father. On one occasion James baked the cat to death in the oven, He had mechanical skills, he got jobs but did not keep them; he was irresponsible, violent, and wild. "When I grow up, I'm going to be a bad man, just like my father."(Butterfield,

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