The Hypocrisy!

Okay so, I finished the book and I have words.

Casper’s hypocrisy when talking to Montie when he finds him in the house of a white woman is insane.  He was with a black woman and he is yelling at Montie for potentially being with someone of the other race.  I just…the hypocrisy…my God. Plus the fact that he didn’t answer Miriam’s letter!  He let this encounter get to him so much that he’s willing to mess up the realtionship he has gained with Miriam to protect his ego.  Well, I personally don’t think Miriam likes him at all but he was willing to stop a relationship that he himself believes in just because of race.  THEN!  He threatened Montie!  And he actually got away with it!  He was so angered by the fact that he was living in a white woman’s house (because of orders but he didn’t care one bit did he) he court-martialled him and took his rank.  I hated him so much by this part.  Casper claims to be a man who cares about black people (what with the schools and all) but he is just as racist as most people in this time period.

And Montie, oh boy, he is too good for his own good.  Helping Casper like that.  Then they freaking die together.  I almost threw my book.

So yeah, What the heck.

4 thoughts on “The Hypocrisy!

  1. That’s a common theme I’ve noticed in literature and other things that depict race relations before the Civil Rights Movement (and some before the Civil War–the TV miniseries Roots is coming to mind). It’s mostly racism I notice, but there is a lot of hypocrisy as well. For example, in Kristen Greene’s “Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County,” (the common read for the Class of 2016) a lot of the residents had extremely racist opinions of black people in that county and enforced strict segregation policies but still claimed that they “loved” those people. Yeah, right.

    Also, I agree with you saying Montie is too good. The epitome of a brave man.

  2. I too was angry at the ending. I didn’t get how Bob stopped talking to Miriam. I must have missed that part. I thought he got shot before he could reply. But yeah the part we did not know because it was not mentioned is did they find out about Miriam and each other’s relationship with her? It feels in the scene at Blanche’s house (anyone else couldn’t stop thinking about A Street Car Named Desire when reading her name? I love Marlon Brando!) that could have contributed to the elevated tension and escalated reaction. Also, would each character’s personalities be different if we were reading a story written by a white soldier? I kind of felt like Montie’s bravery was discredited by this fact because Casper was painted as such a racist white man. I am not saying that these events could have not occurred and that there was not racism in World War I but I just find the questioning believability of the characters to ruin the ending for me.

    • I think you draw a really interesting point about needing to be careful not to discredit Montie’s bravery solely because it as was to save such a racist character as Bob. His actions should not be minimized. Bob was despicable, and I hated him with every part of my soul, but Montie’s effort to save him demonstrated his strength, character, and bravery. That is something that should always be remembered.

  3. I relate to your response on a deep level. I found myself feeling, and growing continually, frustrated throughout the course of the text. Bob’s behavior was hypocritical and despicable, and the fact that he was able to get away with it was sickening. It is an issue that I knew existed, but reading it forced me to analyze and see it on a personal level after having developed ‘relationships’ with the characters. Instead of just the systematic issue of racism, it drew attention to the impact that racism could (and still does) have on an individual level.

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