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New York vs. Willow Springs in Mama Day Post

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New York vs. Willow Springs at Mama Day The gentle island breeze blows across the noise and the odor of the ocean fills the air in Willow Springs. A thousand miles away in Lower Manhattan the odor of crap and street vendors' hotdogs hangs in the air. Both of these settings are key to Gloria Naylor's 1988 novel Mama Day where the freedom and consistency of these Sea Islands is well poised against the confinement of the ever-changing city, two settings that not only changes characters' personalities but also their perceptions. On the surface both areas seem to reveal no similarities and represent different aspects. There are, however, some similarities, one of which is the effect of the setting on the characters. Naylor demonstrates through the figures Cocoa Day and George Andrews that a person's environment affect the way they behave and either allows or permits them to feel in certain aspects of life, especially with regard to believing in magic or logic. The first establishing introduced in Mama Day that affects considerably George and Cocoa is the island of Manhattan. This society separated from the mainland signifies various opportunity. It is just in a town such as New York in which a kid like George who was left with nothing over the doorstep of an orphanage may develop into a powerful, compassionate engineer. It's also in town where we're first introduced into Cocoa searching for her chance for achievement. While waiting to be interviewed by George for work, Cocoa finds many different people in the waiting area, which was representative of the diversity of this town: "one very very gay OrientalCherry Vanilla" (Naylor 20). Along with diversity, the city is a place of constant change, wher...

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