For this response essay, examine the theme of healing in The Women of Brewster Place. Take from one to three of the major characters and tell whether they find Brewster Place to be a place of healing. You might consider, among other issues, where the women have come from, what their problems are, and whether they find healing when they move to Brewster Place. Also, do they require healing because of the men in their lives? How is this healing accomplished? You also might also write about major scenes in the novel, such as the communist party. Do the women’s problems arise from systemic racism, economic oppression, or bias against their sexuality? And finally, do the women’s relationships with one another provide healing, or do these relationships ever cause actual harm? Thoroughly develop and explain your ideas. Use examples and quotations to illustrate your approach to the novel.
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