Racial Identities[ edit ] Throughout the novel, Ellen struggles to find her place between the racial prejudices that have been instilled in her by society, and her desire for the love she identifies in "colored" families.
Throughout her journey, Ellen is hopeful that she will someday find a nice and loving home, which she eventually does. Dora, who is the same age as Ellen, and Nadine are a self-sufficient pair who consider Ellen an intruder. In church Ellen encounters a nice and friendly woman, who she believes is called Mrs Foster, and her well-behaved children.
Now, Ellen tells Starletta, she does not know why she felt glad that she is not colored. She is petty and bickers with Nadine, her sister, when their mother dies. This demand paralyzes Ellen, as even by the last page of the novel, she still cannot bring herself to cry.
This, Ellen finds truly amazing.
Rudolph thought that Ellen should have the flag, but her grandmother is disgusted and burns the flag in wood fire later that night. On the other hand, her father himself has his "colored buddies" with whom he drinks. Plot summary[ edit ] Ellen is an only child who does not have a real home, even at the time when both her parents are still alive.
In spite of her unhappy childhood Ellen is a smart girl; she borrows books from the library and is rather creative when it comes to spending her spare time.
As an eleven year old, Ellen is undergoing a period of self-criticism and is just beginning to understand who she is. I would think when I went to the house and write down ways and tricks of how to have her.
As a seventh grader, she is a mother to a fatherless baby, Roger, and is the youngest mother Ellen has ever known. Ellen Foster is ultimately a coming-of-age story, as Ellen engineers for herself a place in the secure, nurturing family she has craved and simultaneously comes to understand herself better through her friendship with Starletta, her black friend.
In reality, the "family" is a home for disadvantaged adolescents—a kind of foster family rather than a "real" family with the surname Foster.
Even though Ellen is very critical, she still creates a family image in her head for what she wants in life. Julia is a hippie raised in the Northeast, who has migrated to the South after college with her husband, Roy. Furthermore, Ellen takes a lot of effort to paint a picture for her aunt and her cousin, but she overhears them describing her painting as "silly" and "cheap-looking".
The reader can follow her life over the course of a bit more than two years. Ellen gradually becomes conscious of this, especially when she recognizes that Starletta will not be able to date the white boy on whom she has a crush, solely because of her skin color. Sooner or later the question of custody has to be settled in court.
During the period of separations, her father tries to get her back by bribing her with money, but fails.
Is she crazy, an alcoholic, given to fits of unusual cruelty? Ellen eventually realizes that it has not been she, but Starletta, who has had the "hardest row to hoe," as she is a black girl who is growing up in a highly racist community.It looks like you've lost connection to our server.
Please check your internet connection or reload this page. A summary of Chapter 10 in Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Ellen Foster and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Oct 17, · Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons.
Publisher: Algonquin Books. 0 0 Summary Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction.
An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and Format: Ebook.
Ellen Foster may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction." (New York Times Book Review) "The story of a redoubtable girl who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk, and determination, Kaye Gibbons's first novel is a work of considerable subtlety and intellectual sophistication.
Ellen Foster is a book recommended by many teachers and librarians to students of various ages and adults. It can be found on many summer reading lists. Literary significance & criticism. When Kaye Gibbons published Ellen Foster inthe novel—her first—met with an enthusiastic audience.
Critics admired Gibbons's skillful. Ellen is so excited to spend time with Starletta that she announces her plans to the bus driver and throughout the school day, cannot stop thinking about Starletta's visit.
When Ellen takes Starletta home with her, Ellen is happy that her new mama has very genuinely complimented Starletta and welcomed her into their home.Download