If you were Paula, would you have gone to Mary's funeral? Why?
Join Date: 10/15/10
Join Date: 11/14/11
Absolutely I would have gone to Mary's funeral. I would have shown Mary this respect. I would have needed to say goodbye to her and to speak to her family. This woman was raising Paula's children. Mary was a loving person who had helped Paula in so many ways. The very least Paula could have done was go to Mary's funeral.
Uncomfortable situation? Yes. But, too much to ask? NO.
Join Date: 04/28/11
Join Date: 04/21/11
I would like to say yes, and Paula said she knows she should have. But racism in the South in the 50s was a powerful thing, and for someone like Paula, who was weak, I doubt she could have done it. Until any of us were in the shoes of white women during that time, I don't think we should feel that we would have gone.
Join Date: 04/11/11
I am thinking about this from Paula's character and the times. This was a conflicted woman who knew that the right thing to do was to go to the funeral. She did not stand up for herself, protect her children or really defend Mary most of the time. I think I would have gone and taken my children to allow them closure, but that is from a current prospective not from a 50's prospective. Paula did eventually show some independence but long after Mary died.
Join Date: 04/14/11
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Join Date: 05/19/11
This is a hard question to answer -- by today's standards, the answer is of course yes. But by the cultural norms of the time, it is not so easily answered. Bucking the norms is not an easy thing to do---societal pressures create difficult choices between what your brain versus your heart thinks. In Paula's case, her brain won over her heart. For Jubie, it was just the opposite and what makes her decision somewhat believable is her age---younger folks tend to have less inhibitions than older adults
Join Date: 06/16/11
I wish I could say I would have gone but I think maybe I too would have been swayed by the so called proper conduct of the times and the 'What will people think?' mentality and stayed away secure in the thought I was doing the 'Right' thing.
Join Date: 09/14/11
I absolutely would have gone to the funeral. I believe even during that time that people wouldn't have objected to Paula going to the funeral of the woman who took care of her children and she even mentioned to Jubie that she should have done more for Mary out of respect for her after her death.
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